Greenwich exhibition uncovers the mystery behind Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 North-west Passage expedition

It was a mystery that confounded and haunted Victorian imaginations: what happened to Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, his two ships Erebus and Terror, and 128 crew members during their fateful voyage of 1845.

On 2 September 2014, the Erebus and its macabre cargo was found in 10 metres of icy water off the coast of King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. Its deck was littered with artefacts, including glass from Franklin’s cabin windows and the hearth brush from his coal-fired stove.

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