Maritime Lecture Series: The Gates of Hell

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Thursday 26 October | 11am-12.30pm
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National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre
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Unearth the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition through the Death in the Ice Maritime Lecture Series.

Prof Andrew Lambert addresses the outstanding questions of the Franklin expedition. What happened to the 129 officers and men who sailed in the two ships? Why did the crews abandon ship on the north-west coast of King William Island? Why was the expedition entrusted to Franklin who, by his own admission, was no longer fit for exploring duty? Why was it so hard to find the remains of the expedition, then and now, and above all what purpose did this costly enterprise serve?

Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, and Director of the Laughton Naval History Unit.

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