A new exhibit at Mystic Seaport Museum sheds light on one of history’s most enduring maritime mysteries. “Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition” assembles a collection of artifacts bringing to life the doomed 1845 Arctic mission to navigate the farthest portion of the Northwest Passage.
The exhibit is divided into various zones covering the expedition’s story. Zone One begins with Captain Sir John Franklin and his ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, departing England on 19 May 1845. The expedition was the Royal Navy’s most ambitious attempt to map the final reaches of the Northwest Passage and was Franklin’s fourth sojourn to the Arctic.