John Franklin

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Rear Admiral Sir John Franklin (1786 – 1847) was an explorer and officer in the British Royal Navy.

He is credited with mapping nearly two-thirds of the North American coastline. However his arctic expeditions were not entirely successful and his first overland expedition to North-west Territories of Canada in 1819 led to the death of eleven of his 20-man crew coupled with murder and rumours of cannibalism. The survivors were forced to lichen and even tried to eat their own boots for nourishment.

An expedition to navigate a North-west Passage with two ships in 1845 led to the loss of the entire expedition.


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