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Sir John Franklin (1786)

Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer who also served as governor of Tasmania. He is best remembered for presiding over a doomed expedition in the 1840s to chart the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. He and his crew fell prey to a host of ills, including starvation, disease, and lead poisoning. Of the entire expedition of nearly 130 men, not one is known to have survived. What evidence suggests that some of the crew members may have resorted to cannibalism? More...
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Sir John Franklin (1786)
Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer who also served as governor of Tasmania. He is best remembered for presiding over a doomed expedition in the 1840s to chart the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. He and his crew fell prey to a host of ills, including starvation, disease, and lead poisoning. Of the entire expedition of nearly 130 men, not one is known to have survived.
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John Franklin
Rear-Admiral
Sir John Franklin
KCH FRGS RN
John Franklin.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land
In office
5 January 1837 – 21 August 1843
Monarch William IV
Victoria I
Preceded by Sir George Arthur
Succeeded by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot
Personal details
Born 16 April 1786
Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
Died 11 June 1847(aged 61)
in the sea near King William Island, Canada, aboard HMS Terror
Spouse(s) Eleanor Anne Porden
Jane Griffin
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1800–1847
Rank Rear-Admiral
Battles/wars French Revolutionary Wars
Napoleonic Wars
Awards gold medal
Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. He disappeared on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The icebound ships were abandoned and the entire crew perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning and scurvy.

Early life
Franklin was born in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, in 1786 and educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth. He was the ninth of the twelve children of Willingham Franklin, the descendant of a long line of country gentlemen, and his wife Hannah Weekes.[1] One of John's sisters, Sarah, was the mother of Emily Tennyson.[2] Franklin's father initially opposed his son's interest in a career at sea. However, Franklin was determined and his father reluctantly allowed him to go on a trial voyage with a merchant ship. This hardened young Franklin's resolve, so at the age of 14 his father secured him a Royal Navy appointment on HMS Polyphemus.
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