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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Louie Kamookak’s efforts to collect and pass on the stories of Inuit Elders directly contributed to the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus, proving the value of oral history, says Leona Aglukkaq. (Illustration: Robert Carter)

Illustration: Robert Carter
“His life’s work held true:” Leona Aglukkaq, former Minister of Environment and Parks Canada, on the admired Inuit oral historian
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AMC's new series, The Terror, explores the Franklin expedition's fight for survival after their ships become trapped in Arctic ice. (Photo: AMC)

Photo: AMC
AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror
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The dorsal fin of an adult humpback whale is satellite tagged to transmit the whale’s position and behaviour for approximately one month, part of Ari Friedlander's research supported by One Ocean Expeditions. (Photo: One Ocean Expeditions)

Photo: One Ocean Expeditions
Andrew Prossin, managing director of the Canadian expedition cruise operator, discusses polar science, the Victoria Strait Expedition and more 
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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 
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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.
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