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Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. HMS Erebus and HMS Terror exploring the Arctic during Franklin's lost Arctic expedition. This expedition was led in 1845 by the British naval captain Sir John Franklin. It was an attempt to find the Northwest Passage, a sea-route between Canada and the Arctic that links the Atlantic to the Pacific. The ships were trapped in sea ice and all members of the expedition perished. The first successful crossing of the Northwest Passage by ship was in 1906, by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Engraving from 'The Atmosphere' (1873) by Camille Flammarion.
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