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What happened on HMS Terror?

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Scientists hope that ice will give up more clues to the fate of the 1845 Arctic expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

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It remains one of the greatest mysteries of naval exploration.

What doomed John Franklin’s 1845 attempt to sail the Northwest Passage, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, in his ships Erebus and Terror?

The expedition claimed the lives of all 129 men and has gripped the public’s imagination for the past century and a half.

Now Canadian researchers are facing a crucial decision on whether to relaunch attempts to find new clues about the ships’ fate.

Full article at the UK Guardian: Link

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ted hughes

What happened on HMS Terror?

What a timely question! On Friday they killed a snow monster, last night they decided to set off on foot and are contemplating cannibalism. I'll let you know how the expedition ended in a day or so- but I will say things are not looking good! 

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Eldorado

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While John Franklin was lauded and falsely credited with the discovery of the legendary Northwest Passage, Orcadian John Rae was actually the man who first mapped out a navigable shipping route through the Arctic.

However, his reputation was trashed because he was brave enough to reveal that some of Franklin’s men had been driven to cannibalism in a doomed attempt to survive.

As a result, Rae, the greatest Arctic explorer of the era, was denied the status and glory he deserved, with author Charles Dickens a chief instigator of his vilification.

the national scot

 

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Bavarian Raven

It's not a mystery - arrogance (and admiralty stupidity) killed them. A thousand years ago, greenlanders (and not to mention the local natives) could survive winter(s) trapped in the arctic with little issues (usually - of course as with any arctic culture, there will always be cases of famine, etc, when harvests fail, etc).

But 19th century " British " were too arrogant and thought that their "modern" technology could overcome nature. Sad, really, that everyone had to die to prove that point - and created the myth of the terrible harsh arctic (not that its not harsh, but it doesn't deserve the bad rep it gets). 

Cheers.

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Susanc241

This series seems to be based on the book �The Terror� by Dam Simmons, first published in 2007 by Bantam Press. 936 pages of a very good read, which I did several years ago.
Another good book is �Frozen In Time� by John Beattie and John Geiger, published in 1987 and revised in 2004. (Bloomsbury). This is an account of what they do know and what was found re the bodies that were disinterred, studied and then respectfully reinterred, and discusses the idea that lead poisoning may have played a part in the loss of life. Some very interesting photos.

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ercbreeze

What happened?  They named it HMS TERROR  duh . . .  .

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