Explorer Franklin’s wreckage found 160 years on

The story of Franklin's doomed mission and the other 128 men thought to have perished was commemorated recently at the So Fest in Spilsby this summer with a video projection in the market square.
The story of Franklin's doomed mission and the other 128 men thought to have perished was commemorated recently at the So Fest in Spilsby this summer with a video projection in the market square.
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The wreckage of one of two ships from the famous son of Spilsby explorer Sir John Franklin’s mission to the arctic has been found.

Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.

Disaster struck in the icy seas of the polar seas and the men were never seen again.

What became of the two vessels, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror and the 128 men led by Franklin has remained a mystery ever since.

Now, the news of the find has rippled across the globe as the Canadian Prime Minister announced a breakthrough in solving the mystery of the men’s fate giving experts vital information in piecing together the final moments of the doomed voyage.

Marine archaeologists have identified one of the lost ships off King William Island, however it is not yet clear which vessel.

The exciting find marks an historic moment for the nation, the market town of Spilsby and Canadian History.

Canadian Prime Minister, speaking to journalists in Ottowa said: “This has been a great Canadian story and mystery and the subject of scientists, historians, writers and singers, so I think we really have an important day in mapping the history of our country.”

For more in depth discussion and reaction pick up your copy of the Skegness and Spilsby Standard on Wednesday.