Sannikov Land
Guy Lochhead, 30/08/10
A phantom island in the Arctic Ocean that was first ‘seen’ in 1809 by Yakov Sannikov, and again in 1886 by a German-Russian explorer ship. The first quest for the island, by Eduard Toll in 1901, was halted by floating pack ice. The second led his death. There was an intensified search, but it was decided in the first half of the 20th Century that the island had been destroyed by coastal erosion, if it had existed at all. It could be nice to use ‘sannikov’ in the script as an allegory for something unattainable or imagined, but there is not enough weight to this specific phantom island story to merit its use.

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