After 160 years there are claims that one of Sir John Franklin’s ships has been found by a Canadian team that has been searching since 2008. The original, intensive search for Franklin’s lost expedition involved huge resources and numerous voyages to the Arctic. It caught the imagination of the Victorian public in a way comparable to how the MH370 tragedy has resonated in our own time. The Cambridge Library Collection has reissued over 30 accounts of the Victorian searches, many of them by participants, as well as Franklin’s own accounts of earlier expeditions, several biographies of the explorer, and the diaries and correspondence of his wife, who pressed for the searches to continue. It will be fascinating to see how the new discovery fits in with the theories being put forward in the early 1850s.
Watch the the first underwater video of one of Sir John Franklin’s ships that was discovered by the Parks Canada underwater archaeology team:
Here are the top 16 books related to Sir John Franklin from the Cambridge Library Collection.
For details of the books, visit our website and browse our Polar Exploration series http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/geography/historical-geography/series/cambridge-library-collection-polar-exploration?options%5B0%5D=Historic%2Btitles