Wm Kennedy. A short narrative of the second voyage of the Prince Albert in search of Sir John Franklin. London, 1853. Kennedy, the only Canadian to lead a search expedition (1851-52), was born near Hudson's Bay. When his ship got trapped in the ice, Kennedy and his men trekked over two thousand miles dressed and travelling as Inuit. They discovered the Bellot Strait and the northern edge of North America, returning to England without the loss of a single man.
Richard Collinson. Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise on the Expedition in search of Sir John Franklin’s Ships by Behring Strait, 1850-55. London, 1889. Collinson left England in 1850 to search the area eastward from Bering Strait. One of his ships, the Enterprise, explored Banks Island and the south shore of Victoria Island, returning safely to England through Bering Strait.
This flag was presented to Lieutenant William Hobson RN by Lady Jane Franklin in 1857, the year he set off to search for her husband Sir John Franklin who, then unbeknown to her and the rest of the world, had perished in the Arctic while searching for the northwest passage from Europe to America.
Cresswell. “Sledging over hummocky ice. April, 1853.” Cresswell returned to England with his men in 1853, aboard the supply ship Phoenix, becoming the first men to travel the Northwest Passage. Captain McClure and most of the crew were forced to spend another winter (1853-54) in the Arctic because the Resolute was also frozen in.
In 1845, Sir John Franklin departed England in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, in command of HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. Franklin and all 129 under his command were never seen again. While relics, debris and bones have been found, the ships have eluded us as has the full story of the Franklin Expedition. This site is a catalog of readings, speculations, and links to Franklin related materials, as the mystery continues to capitivate many to this day. His ghost haunts us still.
Northwest Passage by KristinaGehrmann.deviantart.com on @deviantART - From the artist's comments: "Sir John Franklin hoped to navigate through the so-called Northwest Passage in the Arctic. But in the Victoria Strait, both ships became trapped in ice. The crew waited two and a half years for the ice to thaw but that did not happen. So in April 1848 they decided to abandon the ships and were not heard from again. No single man made it back home to England."
In 1929 a map was found. The document was drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, an admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century. It shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. The Antarctic coastline is perfectly detailed. The most puzzling however is not so much how Piri Reis managed to draw such an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before it was discovered, but that the map shows the coastline under the ice.