Recently Added Sources

Ross Antarctic Expedition Muster Books

The Muster Books of the Ross Antarctic Expedition (1839-1843) have been added to the muster book page!

Franklin Expedition Letters Published in Newspapers

Thomas Blanky (excerpt) writing to his wife, one anonymous excerpt and one anonymous letter (both by Erebus crew members) can now be found on the Letters page.

Goodsir, Harry – Zoology of the Arctic

“July 7th, 1845. Whale Fish Islands, Baffin’s Bay.” Harry Goodsir’s last scientific paper-slash-letter, written on the Franklin Expedition, about the Arctic fauna and flora.

McClintock, Leopold to James Clark Ross, 1850-1852

The National Archives: BJ 2/11. Part of the collection of the papers and correspondence of James Clark Ross. All written by McClintock, 9 letters are to Ross and 1 is to Horatio Austin (likely enclosed). All letters are about the search for Franklin and McClintock’s employment.

Recent Blog Posts

May I Not Ask This of You? Correspondence of Lady Franklin and Admiral Beaufort.

Examining three letters written by Jane, Lady Franklin to Sir Francis Beaufort, this post explores the network of correspondence built by Lady Franklin in the effort to rescue her husband Sir John. Includes descriptions of some lesser-studied individuals who contributed to Lady Franklin’s quest to discover the fate of her husband’s last expedition including several Americans who answered her call for international aid.

A Look at the Will of Sir John Franklin

As Sir John’s will is long, full of terminology and (non-)existent people, we take a look at it to see what it actually all means.

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