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Birthday ***, 1786
Place of Birth England
Death day June 11, 1847 (61 years old)
Zodiac Sign Aries
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John Franklin

Sir John Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. After serving in wars against Napoleonic France and the United States, he led two expeditions into the Canadian Arctic, in 1819 and 1825, and served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1839 to 1843. During his third and final expedition to force the Northwest Passage in 1845, Franklin's ships became icebound off King William Island in what is now Nunavut, where he died in June 1847. The icebound ships were abandoned ten months later and the entire crew died, from causes such as starvation, hypothermia, and scurvy.

Born April 16, 1786, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
Died June 11, 1847, King William Island, North-Western Territory (now Nunavut, Canada)
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Preceded by Sir George Arthur
Succeeded by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot

About John Franklin

Famed arctic explorer who led Britain's largest expedition to seek the Northwest Passage and never came back from it.

John Franklin before fame

He adopted an interest in the natural sciences in his teenage years.

Achievement of John Franklin

He made three successful trips to the northern wilderness, but on his fourth he perished with his crew.

John Franklin family life

His first wife was poet Eleanor Anne Porden and his second wife was Jane Franklin.

Associations of John Franklin

His doomed voyage inspired many works of art, including Wilkie Collins' and Charles Dickens' play The Frozen Deep.

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