On the other hand, as Jonathan Karpoff has argued, there is something to be said that, treated overall, Government-funded expeditions have fared poorly compared with private ones. So many limbs of the octopus must be marshaled together for a Government expedition, and there is such complication in its internecine conflicts, that it acts too slowly, and corrects too late, much as the helmsman of the Titanic seeking to avert an Iceberg. Whereas, the story goes, private expeditions can respond with alacrity to changed circumstances, and go where the going is good rather than being tethered to some three (or five) year plan.
According to Rob Rondeau, a marine archeologist with Alberta-based ProCom Diving Services, which has its own mini-icebreaker at its disposal, they are quite confident that they can find one of the ships this summer. Such claims have been made before, but it's clear that a small, private party has a chance of success, being willing to risk something when a Government will not, and for my part I wish them Godspeed. It was, after all, a private mission by Sir Francis Leopold McClintock that solved the greater part of the Franklin mystery before, to the shame (though Sir Francis would not say this) of a Government which had declared Franklin and his men dead, and not worth finding.