Friday, July 2, 2010
The Franklin Expedition
One hundred and sixty five years ago two ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set out to find the northwest passage through the arctic to find east. The expedition was headed by Sir John Franklin never to return taking its one hundred and twenty nine member crew into history.
Relics from that fatal 1845 journey have been turning up including human remains and mummies. The Inuit of the area tell of a terrible ending for the crews including stories of cannibalism.
Studies done on frozen mummies belonging to the Franklin expedition revealed that the bodies contained high levels of lead poisoning which is suspected to have come from the provisions canned supplies. In recent years Parks Canada has been exploring for other remains of the expedition including the two ships.