Franklin Memorial

Distinguished Royal Navy Officer Sir John Franklin disappeared in 1845 along with his crew of 129 men while attempting to chart a section of the North West Passage in the Canadian High Arctic. Martin was invited to participate in this first memorial expedition organised by Rebecca Harris and led by Mark Davey, to retrace Sir John Franklin's route at the same of year that it is believed the crew abandoned their ice-bound ships and walked 150 miles to their deaths in Starvation Cove.  For 17 of the 19-day memorial expedition, the conditions were brutal.  Historians have spent years debating why the men died. What is more extraordinary is how they survived in the harsh environment for so long.

 

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