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Reporting from the Arctic, Peter Mansbridge reveals exclusive new details in the hunt for the ill-fated Franklin Expedition on CBC News's The National

Are there new clues to what happened to Sir John Franklin's long lost ships? Join CBC News chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge tonight (Monday, Sept. 10) and tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 11) on THE NATIONAL as he unravels the mystery of the Franklin expedition with exclusive details from the high Arctic.

THE NATIONAL airs at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV; 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network.

Reporting from the icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier at the scene of the search, Mansbridge pieces together what may have happened to the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror when they disappeared in 1845 attempting to traverse the Northwest Passage.

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Tonight (Sept. 10), Mansbridge joins the team of researchers for the lost Franklin Expedition as they reveal exclusive new details on the search. Mansbridge is with archaeologists as they discover remnants and bones thought to belong to the Franklin crew. And new details and theories are revealed about what researchers are finding on the arctic bed, and what it may mean for the fate of the Franklin.

Tomorrow night (Sept. 11), Mansbridge travels to the tiny hamlet of Gjoa Haven, where Inuit oral history still holds some answers that can help unravel the mystery of the Franklin. And David Common reports on the risk of environmental contamination in the North if shipping increases on a newly charted Northwest Passage.

And this weekend, CBC News Network presents a one-hour documentary--FINDING FRANKLIN WITH PETER MANSBRIDGE--Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

"The idea of poking around in the past has always appealed to my sense of being an amateur historian," says Mansbridge. "Now I've finally had the chance to pretend I am one, by spending a few hours with some REAL archaeologists hunting for more evidence of the final days of the Franklin expedition."  (Source: CBC.ca)  

CBCNews.ca/franklin offers interactive maps of Franklin's ill-fated journey, videos from inside Park Canada's research labs, photos of the new technologies used in the search, and all the latest breaking news. Plus, get analysis on Arctic politics and sovereignty battles, the growth of tourism and business in the North, and key research being conducted in the Arctic. There's also a special online video introduction narrated by Peter Mansbridge, looking at the history of the expedition and its historical significance.

Photos: Courtesy of The National. Photo 1: Peter Mansbridge inspecting newly found bones. Photo 2: Peter Mansbridge walking past an inukshuk in Gjoa Haven.

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