Red Rackham’s Treasure

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First-edition album (Belgium) published in 1945.

Convinced that Captain Haddock’s ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, used a series of clever clues to describe the precise location of a priceless treasure, Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock rent a boat — the Sirius — and set sail on a treasure hunt. Without knowing it at first, the team is accompanied by an eccentric scientist called Professor Calculus. Although it is difficult to hold a meaningful conversation with the professor due to his hearing problems, Calculus more than proves his worth as an extra passenger. His ingenious minisubmarine certainly comes in very handy when searching for shipwrecks!

While the intrepid explorers search for the treasure, Tintin can’t help wondering if there’s an important clue they might have overlooked. But in the end, the big question concerns Marlinspike Hall and its place within the saga of Sir Francis Haddock!

Red Rackham's Treasure

Backstory

As in its prequel, The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure takes place far from Europe during World War II. Hergé sent his characters to sea in order to avoid German censors, who would block publication of anything that could be construed as contrary to the Nazi cause. With no politics to draw from, Hergé instead turned to his immediate surroundings, basing the Sirius on a highly modernized trawler that was docked in Brussels. As for the rest, he had to rely on his storyteller’s imagination to conjure up tales of adventure and hidden treasure.

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