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Captain Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)

Engraving of Captain Sir John Franklin in his Royal Navy uniform, pictured shortly before departing on his ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845. 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 assumed all died from disease, exposure or starvation. From 1848 onwards a number of relief expeditions were sent to find Franklin, but it was only in 1859 that Francis Leopold McClintock was able to confirm Franklins fate

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This historical print captures Captain Sir John Franklin in his Royal Navy uniform, just before embarking on the ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845. Leading a mission to find the Northwest Passage, Franklin's ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, disappeared from view late that year. Despite numerous relief expeditions sent to locate him, it wasn't until 1859 that Francis Leopold McClintock confirmed the tragic fate of Franklin and his crew. The engraving depicts a moment frozen in time - a brave captain setting out on a perilous journey into the unknown. Little did he know that his expedition would end in tragedy, with all men lost to disease, exposure or starvation after their ships became trapped in ice near King William Island. This haunting image serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by early explorers in their quest for discovery. It is a testament to the dangers faced by those who dared to venture into uncharted territories, seeking knowledge and adventure at great personal risk. As we gaze upon this portrait of Captain Sir John Franklin, we are reminded of his courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. His story is one of both triumph and tragedy, forever etched into the annals of history.

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