Michael Palin Erebus: The Story of a Ship

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Date and time: 
14 June | 6.30pm
Admission: 
Ticketed
Price: 
£12 | Concession £11
Season: 
Talks & courses

Hear the legendary storyteller and Monty Python stalwart’s epic account of one of the greatest seafaring adventures – and mysteries – of all time

A stirring hour-long presentation and Q&A from Michael Palin, Monty Python stalwart and television globetrotter. 

In September 2014 the wreck of a sailing vessel was discovered at the bottom of the sea in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Its whereabouts had been a mystery for over a century and a half. Its name was HMS Erebus. 

Michael Palin will explore the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the dashing James Clark Ross and the troubled John Franklin. Based on his research from travelling to various locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic - he brings this extraordinary ship back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic.

Listen as he vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them. 

has searched for location information, and tried to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew. 

Produced by National Maritime Museum in collaboration with Greenwich Book Festival.

For booking and event information, please see the Greenwich Book Festival site.