John Rae was one of the most famous
Arctic adventurers of Victorian England. He is also my grandmother's,
great grandmother's uncle! Not only did Rae map out thousands of
miles of unknown territory in Northern Canada but he also discovered the fate of the missing
Franklin Expedition and with that the final link in the North West
passage. Rae's achievements have up until recently
have never been truly recognized. Rae was probably the most important man in
the history of British Arctic exploration. Although there were many other
influencial and important figures, it can be said of Rae that he went where
no other man had gone before.
This website is dedicated to my family. It seeks to teach them why our
ancestor was so important in the history Arctic exploration. Rae has been
for too long a victim of Victorian sensibilities and as a consequence
hidden from history.