Sir John Franklin’s unfortunate 19th century mission In the twentieth century, discovering the Northwest Passage across the North American continent has become legend

The explorer, who was born in Spilsby, died in the Arctic with his crew of more than 130 The wrecks of his two ships Erebus and Terror were only discovered in 2014 and 2016

The catastrophic adventure that was as daring at the time as space travel to Mars is today is puzzling

Various theories about how the men died include starvation, exposure, and lead poisoning from canned food

And there have been claims that the crew members were so desperate they resorted to cannibalism in the frozen wilderness of Canada

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Your story inspired Dan Simmons’ bestselling novel The Terror from 2007, which was turned into a 10-part TV horror drama by AMC March, will be shown on BBC2 and iPlayer

Ridley Scott’s fictionalized drama, inspired by true events, is described as “a terrifying tale based on one of the deepest secrets of polar exploration, the crew of which is haunted by a murderous presence”

Sue Deeks, BBC Program Acquisition Director, said, “The Terror is an atmospheric, characterful drama, full of menace and premonition that will thrill and put off BBC viewers to the point of icy dissolution”

The book and the series take their name from the HMS Terror, the ship that was commanded by Franklin’s deputy, Francis Crozier, while Franklin himself was aboard the HMS Erebus

Franklin was born on Jan. Born April 1786, he was the step-cousin of Matthew Flinders of Donington, Lincolnshire, who first circumnavigated the coast of Australia and gave him his name

Franklin was only 14 years old and had joined the Royal Navy His exploits included service in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 – a great victory over the French Navy

He made his first trip to the Arctic in 1818 and returned from 1819 to 1822 and again from 1825 to 1826 From 1836 to 1843 he was Governor of Tasmania in Australia

His final mission was to find the Northwest Passage, a nautical shortcut across the North American continent to stimulate British trade

Terror and Erebus were last seen on 26 July 1845 seen by Europeans on board two whaling ships on Lancaster Sound west of Greenland

It is believed that they circled Cornwallis Island that summer and spent the winter on Beechey Island, where three of the crew members died

After Franklin’s wife, Lady Jane Franklin and others had not heard of the mission for two years, they asked the Admiralty to send out search expeditions

In 1853, John Rae, a surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company, heard Inuit testimonies about the fate of men and possible cannibalism, and also bought silverware from the expedition, including a platter that read, “Sir John Franklin, KC.H”

Bodies of crewmen were found on King William Island, and modern studies of cuts to the bones supported Rae’s allegations of cannibalism that had shocked Victorian society

William Hobson, a lieutenant on the McClintock Arctic Expedition of 1859, found a note on Admiralty paper from May 1847 that read “All Well” and three men had died

A second note, dated April 1848, confirmed that on November 11, Franklin June 1847 died at the age of 61, a total of 24 people had died, both ships were “abandoned” and 105 survivors were alive

The captain of Erebus, James Fitzjames and Crozier, took command of the expedition, and the men set off for mainland Canada but disappeared

According to the Inuit, the HMS Terror was overturned on its side by ice in the winter of 1846/47, and men spent the winter on the HMS Erebus

The Inuit said that in the spring of 1849 there were men in Erebus who hunted caribou and seals with them between 1849 and 1850

They also reported seeing 40 men on King William Island pulling a boat on a sled and the Erebus, finally cleared of the ice and sailing south with a handful of men on board

The Inuit hunted a very small group of European men seals in 1851 or 1852 – presumably the last survivors

The first person to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage by boat was the Norwegian explorer Roald Admundsen on a voyage that lasted from 1903 to 1906

He would also beat British explorer Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole by 34 days and on the 14th Arrive December 1911

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