Sir John Franklin

Franklin was a daring Royal Navy officer and Artic explorer who rose to prominence in the 19th century. Read all about his daring expeditions and discoveries, including his ill-fated final voyage in search of the North-West Passage. Plus, discover the fascinating Franklin objects held at the National Maritime Museum.

Sir John Franklin was a famous British explorer who went to the Arctic in search of the North-West Passage, dying on his last attempt in 1847.

Sir John Franklin is one of the famous explorers who went in search of the North-West Passage. His first voyage in 1819 includes a tale of cannibalism. 

John Franklin made three attempts to find the North-West Passage. His final voyage in 1845 ended in tragedy for him and all his men.