Franklin's lost Arctic expedition, 1840s

Franklin's lost Arctic expedition, 1840s

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. 19th-century artwork of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in the Arctic. These two British naval ships made up Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage, a sea-route between Canada and the Arctic that links the Atlantic to the Pacific. The ships were steel-fronted to help them push through ice. They were sailing vessels, but also equipped with a small steam engine and a propeller. The remains of the Erebus and records of the expedition were found in 1859. After being trapped in sea ice for 3 years, the remnant of the crew of 135 had abandoned ship to travel south. There were no survivors. Artwork from 'Pictorial Chronicles of the Mighty Deep' (1880).

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