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,

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