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Admiralty tracked, mapped explorers' finds

Location of artifacts and remains charted and colour-coded by explorer

Last Updated: August 10, 2012

For more than 150 years, people have been trying to find out what happened to Sir John Franklin and his crew. Several large-scale searches by prominent explorers turned up evidence that forms the basis of what we currently know about the expedition's fate. In 1927, the British Admiralty published a map of the Arctic listing what relics, artifacts and evidence had been found by certain explorers, as well as where they were found. The map was the initiative of Franklin researcher Rupert T. Gould.

This map does not contain any discoveries after 1927. It shows earlier attempts at compiling the vast amount of information collected during searches.

On the map, letters in brackets refer to which explorers made the discovery. "A" refers to James Anderson, "R" to John Rae, "H" to Charles Francis Hall, "McC" to Leopold McClintock, "S" to Frederick Schwatka, "R" to Knud Rasmussen, "N" to Peter Norberg and "B" to L.T. Burwash. The chart classifies evidence into European (red) and Inuit (blue).

Hover over the map to zoom in and read about what was found where.

(Map produced by the Admiralty, provided courtesy of Parks Canada)

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