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The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition is one of the world’s most enduring mysteries and the search for Franklin the world’s longest and largest ever search and rescue mission. While interest in the Expedition has fluctuated over the 170 years since it disappeared, the world never entirely lost interest.

Now, with Parks Canada‘s sensational discovery of HMS Erebus in the icy waters just off the North American continent interest in Franklin, his men and his ships has surged. The amount of research being conducted, not just by the Canadian government but by academics and amateurs alike around the world, is growing exponentially.

This website is run by William Battersby, an independent researcher and author who has studied the Franklin Expedition for many years.  It is not intended to be authoritative but to fulfil five objectives:

  • Collect in one place the academic research I have been able to carry out, mostly in collaboration with other people, and includes my retrospective thoughts on the topics covered.
  • Serve as a location where I can less formally publish some of the other research topics I am working on.  Much of this was earlier published in the form of blog postings at my earlier blogs.
  • Provide a set of links for those interested in the Franklin Expedition to enable them to drill down into other online resources.
  • Host a short overview and discussion of my book ‘James Fitzjames: the Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition‘ with known errors and corrections identified and an update on some key areas of research since publication.  In time there will be a second edition of the book.
  • It’s my rolling blog for news and discussion. I’d also recommend anyone interested to join the Facebook Group ‘Remembering the Franklin Expedition’, which is where much online discussion now takes place.

PS, the images above will change randomly.  All those which are photos are taken by Wolfgang Opel, and the illustrations are by Kristina Gehrmann. Both are fantastically talented artists who have kindly permitted me to use their illustrations.

Finally, there is a contact form below for anyone wishing to get in touch with me.