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Old 1st Sep 2013, 19:07   #10 (permalink)
Little cloud
 
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The Erebus and Terror were so named because they were 'bomb ketches' - ships with hulls specially strengthened to take the forces of large calibre mortars mounted on their decks. They were supposed to be hard for the ice to crush. They weren't. Everyone died - but only after eating their shoes, belts and wallets to stay alive. Their remains and diaries were found years later.
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Everyone died - but only after eating their shoes, belts and wallets to stay alive.
...and each other if the evidence uncovered by Dr Rae is to be believed. He was written out of the narrative by the establishment and the RN.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rae_(explorer)
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