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The Franklin Expedition, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus

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  • Capt. James Fitzjames (1813 - bef.1847)
    Wikipedia: English James Fitzjames (27 July 1813 – c. 1848) was a British Royal Navy officer who participated in two major exploratory expeditions, the Euphrates Expedition and the ill-fated Franklin E...
  • James Reid (b. - bef.1848)
    James Reid was ice-master on HMS Erebus and perished on Franklin's Lost Expedition to the Arctic.
  • Thomas Armitage (c.1807 - bef.1848)
    Thomas Armitage (bp. 1807, Chatham Kent) HMS 'Terror Gun Room Steward. (Beatty, Frozen in Time, p.3) [%E2%80%A6] ‘shortly after midnight on 25 May 1859, a human skeleton in the uniform of a steward fro...
  • By Unknown - Illustrated London News October 5, 1861. Vol 39. No 1111, Public Domain,
    Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin, KCH FRGS RN (1786 - 1847)
    Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), knighted 1829 NEWS: ONE OF FRANKLIN'S SHIPS LOCATED: See: of the outstanding explorers of the early 19th century, Admiral Franklin’s tragic end earned him iconic status. ...
  • Henry Peter Peglar (1811 - 1848)
    Harry Peglar died during the Franklin expedition to find the North West Passage. His personal papers were found on a skeleton discovered on King William Island in 1859 and are preserved in the National...

Wikipedia: English

This project connects the officers and crew of Franklin's lost expedition.

Franklin's lost expedition was a British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed 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 became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island in the Canadian Arctic, in what is today the territory of Nunavut. The entire expedition, comprising 129 men, including Franklin, was lost.


Royal Museums Greenwich