Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition at Mystic Seaport! | Kids Out and About Hartford

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition at Mystic Seaport!

In 1845, Sir John Franklin led the Royal Navy’s sturdiest two ships into the Arctic to great international acclaim. His mission: to discover a Northwest Passage to Asia. Franklin and his crew of 128 men were never heard from again. Thirty-seven expeditions were launched from several countries in a decades-long effort to discover the fate of Franklin’s men. Tantalizing clues, including graves, provisions, Inuit tales, and a single handwritten note told a grim story, but the men and ships would never be found. This exhibition pulls together every strand of this epic history, including expedition materials from London, Inuit culture and knowledge that led to the wrecks’ discoveries from Canada, and artifacts raised from HMS Erebus, seen for the first time in 170 years.

 

This most enduring of mysteries leapt back into the headlines in 2014 with the discovery of Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, then two years later with the discovery of HMS Terror, each incredibly well preserved at depths of less than one hundred feet in the Arctic Ocean. Dives aboard the wrecks are rapidly changing our understanding of what befell Franklin’s expedition.

 

Organization:

Mystic Seaport

Location:

75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT, 06355
United States

Phone:

860.572.0711.
Contact name: 
Mystic Seaport Visitor Center
Email address: 
Dates: 
12/10/2018
12/11/2018
12/12/2018
Time: 
9 am - 5 pm
Price: 
free with admission

Ages

All Ages Adults & kids together