INTELLIGENCE from the Whale Ships, 1845
Last known Position of the Polar Ships.
Hull, 29 October 1845.
 
I Have seen Captain Dannett of the Prince of Wales, who states that he was not in Lancaster Sound; but whilst in Melville Bay on the 26th July 74deg.- 48 min. N. lat ., long 66 deg. - 13 min. W., he fell in with the discovery ships, distant about three miles: a boat with seven officers board him, but he does not know their names; one was  second in command of one of the ships (Captain Fitzjames); no letters were left, but the officers were all well, and in high spirits; Captain Dannett was to have dined on board Sir John Franklin's ship the following day, but, the wind favouring him, he did not do himself this honour, otherwise no doubt letters would have been sent to you. Captain D. was as far as 14 miles from Cape York, bearing east by compass. About the 12th July the discovery ships were in the stream of Lancaster Sound, in Melville Bay, intending to cross for the Sound as soon as the ice opened (this was on the 26th July). Captain D. got clear of Melville Bay 12th August: the ice was very heavy, but loose: the officers expressed good hopes of soon completing the expedition. Captain D. further states, that during three weeks after parting company with the ships, he experienced very fine weather, and thinks they would have made good progress.
 
I have, &c.
J. R. Duncan
John Barrow, Esq
Admiralty, London
source: (Official Report on ther Franklin Expedition): Arctic Expedition, Ordered By the House of Commons,
to be Printed 13 April 1848
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