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The End of Sir John Franklins Arctic Expedition, 1845


The End of Sir John Franklins Arctic Expedition, 1845


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The End of Sir John Franklins Arctic Expedition, 1845

Engraving showing the end of Sir John Franklins ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845, entitled They Forged the last link with their lives. This engraving was taken from a painting by W. Thomas Smith, exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1896. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, to look for the Northwest passage round the northern coast of Canada. The expedition, commanded by Sir John Franklin, disappeared from view late in 1845 and none of the men were ever seen again. In fact the ships made it to the King William Island region, then got stuck in the ice. With supplies running out the surviving crew abandoned ship and headed south. However, none made it to safety and it is all died from disease, exposure or starvation. This image shows the end of that desperate attempt to reach safety. From 1848 onwards a number of relief expeditions were sent to find Franklin, but it was only in 1859 that Francis Leopold McClintock was finally able to confirm Franklins fate

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© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

1845 1848 1859 1896 Abandoned Academy Admiralty Arctic Attempt Commanded Confirm Crew Desperate Died Disappeared Disease Entitled Exhibited Expeditions Exploration Exposure Fact Fate Fated Fin D Finally Forged Francis Franklin Headed Leopold Link Mcclintock North West Onwards Passage Polar Reach Region Running Safety Starvation Stuck Supplies Surviving


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