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Ross-Bird Rescue Expedition (1848-1849) Muster Books

The Muster Books of the James Clark Ross Search Expedition (in search of Sir John Franklin) of 1848-1849 have been added to the muster book page. Includes: HMS Enterprize (1848) and HMS Investigator (1849).

Nautical Magazine & Naval Chronicle (1832-1839)

Polar excerpts from the Naut. Mag. (est. 1832), from 1832 to 1839.

Ross-Buchan Expeditions (1818) Muster Books

The Muster Books of the John Ross and David Buchan Expeditions in 1818 have been added to the muster book page! Includes: HMS Alexander and Isabella (Ross), and Dorothea and Trent (Buchan).

Pre-Lt Examination’s Service Records (Franklin Expedition)

Includes: Edward Couch, Charles Frederick Des Voeux, James Walter Fairholme, James Fitzjames, Graham Gore, George Henry Hodgson, Frederick Hornby, Henry T. D. Le Vesconte, Edward Little, Robert Thomas.

Irving, John, Letters written by, 1834-1845

All the letters (and excerpts) written by John Irving that were published in Benjamin Bell’s A Memorial Sketch. They are addressed to William Elphinstone Malcolm and Catherine Irving (née Caddell).

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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