Sir John Franklin: That Last Fatal Voyage – A Bunch of Everlastings
“For, all over the unexplored territory, I find written: ‘Here be dragons!’ ‘Here be demons!’ ‘Here be sirens!* ‘Here be savages that worship devils!’ and so on. But, on his map of the world, Franklin wrote across all the unknown lands and all the uncharted seas, ‘Here is God!’ ‘When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee!’ And he always found Him there.”
Sir John Franklin KCH FLS FRGS (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. Franklin also served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land from 1837 to 1843. He disappeared while on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage in the North American Arctic. The icebound ships were abandoned and the entire crew died, from causes such as starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, zinc deficiency, and scurvy. Franklin’s lost expedition was a British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed from England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.
A Royal Navy officer and experienced explorer, Franklin had served on three previous Arctic expeditions, the latter two as commanding officer. His fourth and last, undertaken when he was 59, was meant to traverse the last unnavigated section of the Northwest Passage. After a few early fatalities, the two ships and their crews, a total of 129 officers and men, became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island in the Canadian Arctic, in what is today the territory of Nunavut. After being icebound for more than a year, Erebus and Terror were abandoned in April 1848, by which point Franklin and nearly two dozen others had died. The survivors, now led by Franklin’s deputy Francis Crozier and Erebus’ captain James Fitzjames, set out for the Canadian mainland, and were never seen alive again.
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