Sir Rear Admiral John Franklin FRGS KCH
(1786-1847)

Died aged c. 61

Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was an English Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. Franklin also served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) from 1837 to 1843. He disappeared on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The icebound ships were abandoned and the entire crew perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning and scurvy.

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To the intrepid young Bellot of the French Navy who in the endeavour to rescue Franklin shared the fate and the glory of that illustrious navigator From his British admirers 1853

Obelisk monument to Bellot - Greenwich, London, United Kingdom where they is commemorated (1853)