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.

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.
sir john franklin route arctic

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

Join keynote speaker Captain Dave Woodman and a panel of Franklin experts for Can Geo Talks: Inuit Oral Tradition and Franklin April 12th in Ottawa.
Louie Kamookak telling stories in tent, Peabody Point. On left, James Takkiruq and Michael Eleehetook. (Photo: Jason Fulford/Canadian Geographic)
Louie Kamookak is an Inuit historian whose work helped locate the lost Erebus ship. However, he's not the only Inuk who played an important role in the century-long search.

Franklin led two overland expeditions in northern Canada before undertaking his final voyage

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