Sir John Franklin was a national hero in mid-Victorian England, having served at the Battle of Trafalgar as a young man, and having made made two voyages to the Actic in search of the North-West Passage. His first voyage overland from the Hudson's bay to the western shores of the Arctic Ocean was recorded in his Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21 and 22 (1823). His second voyage was made in 1825-7 and explored west from the Mackenzie River to Alaska. His third voyage involved two ships, the Terror and the Erebus with a compliment of 129 officers and men. They were last seen in July 1845 in northern Baffin Bay. In 1847-1850 several expeditions were sent to look …
Editors. "Sir John Franklin's third voyage to the Arctic". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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