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Franklin, John, 1786-1847


The Franklin Mystery: Life and Death in the Arctic

In 1845, two ships set out from England to explore the Canadian Arctic, locate a northern route to China, and gather geomagnetic data. Both ships and all 129 men aboard disappeared. Despite multiple rescue missions over the next dozen years, no one was ever located or saved. This site, from the University of Victoria, traces the unsolved mystery that befell the crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror....