Wednesday, 10 September 2014 09:34

In the Arctic found the legendary ship Franklin Expedition

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One of the two British ships Franklin Expedition, disappeared in the Arctic more than 160 years ago, found, said the prime minister of Canada.

It is unclear which of the two ships was found, but the pictures findings suggest that it is one of them.

The expedition, which took place under the leadership of Sir John Franklin in 1845 known as the "missing Franklin Expedition."

The expedition was part of research unknown Northwest Passage, but the two vessels with 129 crew members, including most of Franklin, disappeared.

The disappearance of the expedition was one of the secrets of a century of research of the Victorian era.

"I am pleased to announce that the expedition to the Strait of Victoria opened one of the greatest mysteries of Canada to find one of the ships of Franklin Expedition - said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. - Detection of the first ship will certainly a strong incentive to find a second vessel and determine the fate of the expedition team Franklin. "

Practiced cannibalism?

British Admiralty start searching members of the expedition, only three years after their disappearance in 1848. The search did not produce results, and for a long time about the fate of the expedition members were not known.

It was reported that the stories of the Inuit who live there, the expedition members before his death, when they have exhausted all the supplies of food, practiced cannibalism.

Wife researchers organized a rescue mission, equip five ships in search of him. During the search, it was decided to leave the ice cans in the hope that their team members will find Franklin.

A total of 50 expeditions went in search of ships.

In 1981, a group of scientists from the University of Alberta began a series of research graves, bodies and other artifacts left behind by the Franklin expedition on Beechey Island and King William. They came to the conclusion that the crew members whose graves were found on Beechey Island most likely died of pneumonia and tuberculosis.

Also in the remains was found high levels of lead, from which it has been suggested that the members of the expedition could poison poorly made preserves. Recent studies have shown that lead in canned foods were not enough to poison.

In the search for Franklin's team opened the Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.


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