The Lost Franklin Expedition – Part 1

Sir John Franklin

In 1845, Sir John Franklin lead two ships into the Arctic in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. The ships and crew were the finest England had to offer. However, after heading into Lancaster Sound – the entrance to the Passage – neither ship would be seen again.

In part 1 of 2 of the Lost Franklin Expedition, we find out about Franklin, his crew, and the preparations for his historic journey. We then take the expedition to the Arctic – and into a morass of islands, ice, snow and danger.

A painting by Admiral Sir George Back showing HMS Terror anchored near a cathedral-like iceberg in the waters around Baffin Island.

Map showing the general route that Franklin and his ships – Erebus and Terror – took on their journey into the Arctic.

Map courtesy of Smurftrooper – Own work, CC BY 4.0,

2 thoughts on “The Lost Franklin Expedition – Part 1

  1. I really loved this podcast. I came found your site looking for a podcast on Juan Ponce de León after hearing his named uttered in a song by the band Tool. I was interested in the myth about the fountain of youth, but upon discovering your podcasts and the one of the Franklin Expedition, it certainly satisfied my desire to hear about the exploration of the North American arctic. I spend much of my quiet time exploring Google earth and often end up scouring over the map looking at its features and clicking on the pictures. A part of wishes I could be an explorer and your podcast took me there as I looked upon the maps. Thanks.


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