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In this guest blog Professor Andrew Lambert looks at an alternative reason why Franklin was employed to lead the 1845 expedition into the Arctic and why it is that this reason is often overlooked.
Having grown up in north Kent, I always keep an eye out for archive material relating to shipping on the River Medway and the naval dockyard at Chatham. During cataloguing work earlier this year, I was drawn to some papers from the period when Admiral Sir Gerard H.U. Noel was commander-in-chief at the Nore station. They include an appeal for the extension of Chatham Dockyard; see the items numbered NOE/51/5/9 in the Archive Catalogue.
Regular readers may be familiar with the Lloyd’s Register Survey Reports; a collection of detailed surveys on ships’ materials and construction, used by underwriters and others in the shipping industry for reliable information on these vessels. What you may not be aware of, is that this collection has been on loan to the National Maritime Museum for some 50 years.
We know a lot about Sir John Franklin. By the time he led the expedition to the Arctic in 1845, he was a household name, a naval hero and one of the Navy’s leading magnetic scientists. But what of the other 128 men who died on this fatal expedition? What do we know about them? Jeremy Michell investigates the life of the ship's cook, John Diggle.
When you don’t live by the sea, it’s easy to think that the issues faced by fishermen don’t affect you.
We discover the 8 stages of 'life' of an item, buried under the ice for over 100 years and now on display in the Death in the ice exhibition at London's National Maritime Museum.
Meet the judges of 2017's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year and find out what makes a winning photo.
This month, have a look for Venus, Regulus, the Moon, Mars and Mercury appearing to line up. (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK).