About "The Franklin Expedition"

The disappearance of Sir John Franklin, his ships and crews is one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. Canadian Geographic and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society are at the forefront of what’s been discovered so far.

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When it was first released in 1987, Frozen in Time (inset) introduced audiences to a captivating Arctic mystery. After giving up their secrets, the bodies of Franklin expedition crew members John Hartnell, John Torrington, and William Braine were returned to their frozen graves on Beechey Island (pictured). (Photo: Russell Potter; cover image courtesy Greystone Books)

Photo: Russell Potter; cover image courtesy Greystone Books
The re-release of Owen Beattie and John Geiger's Frozen in Time introduces a new generation to a captivating — and still unsolved — mystery 
Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

In Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage (above left), Ken McGoogan highlights the contributions of Inuit guides such as Ebierbing (above right) to Arctic exploration in Canada.

Images courtesy HarperCollins
Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 
Franklin crew member John Hartnell's nails encased in resin

Nails from John Hartnell, a crew member on HMS Terror, encased in resin. A team of Canadian scientists recently analyzed the nails and found that Hartnell suffered from a zinc deficiency that may have hastened his death. (Photo: Joyce McBeth/University of Saskatchewan) 

Photo: Joyce McBeth/University of Saskatchewan
New study finds evidence malnutrition played a significant role in crew member's death

Map showing the search routes for Sir John Franklin's lost (and recently found) ships. The larger, more southern blue circle indicates the area that Erebus was found, whereas the smaller more northern blue circle indicates the area that the Terror has allegedly been found. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic
Archaeologists may have finally located the historic vessel that disappeared 168 years ago in Canada's north
An engraving by George Back showing HMS Terror on its side in ice circa 1937

A 1938 engraving by George Back showing the HMS Terror on its side in ice on its first disastrous voyage to the Arctic. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Image: Wikimedia Commons
The second of Sir John Franklin's doomed ships has been located in the Canadian Arctic. Here are five things you may not have known about the HMS Terror.
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Sir John Franklin's expedition routes through the Canadian Arctic. (Map: Thomas Herbreteau/Canadian Geographic)

Map: Thomas Herbreteau/Canadian Geographic
Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team is planning a reconnaissance mission of the HMS Erebus and will continue its search for HMS Terror at the end of August
The members of the Humahuk expedition with the remains of an HBC supply boat

Jamie Taqqiruk, Louie Kamookak and Michael Eleehetook pose with the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in front of the remains of a Hudson's Bay Company supply boat at Gladman Point on King William Island. (Photo courtesy Louie Kamookak)

Photo courtesy Louie Kamookak
My great-grandmother spoke of finding mysterious objects on King William Island as a young girl. This summer, I retraced her steps.
Panelists and participants in the 2016 Can Geo Talks. Back row, L-R: RCGS CEO John Geiger, Louie Kamookak, Ken McGoogan, Russell Potter, Glenn Stein. Front row, L-R: Ryan Harris, Dave Woodman, Karen Ryan, Alanna Mitchell. (Photo: Colin Rowe/Canadian Geographic)

On April 12, Franklin enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to come together in the same room as The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented their 2016 Can Geo Talks

Dave Woodman (right) with Saul Aksoolak in the Arctic during the 2002 Irish-Canadian Franklin Search. (Photo courtesy A. Gibbons)
At the RCGS's spring lecture on April 12, Dave Woodman and four other experts will talk about the use of Inuit traditional knowledge in locating Erebus
Sonar image of the wreck of the HMS Erebus on the seafloor of the Queen Maud Gulf. (Photo courtesy of Parks Canada)

Federal government commits $16.9 million over five years to further research on doomed Franklin expedition

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