They sailed on 19 May 1845 from
As the years ticked by, more evidence was found including
written records of the expedition, frozen corpses, items from the ships and
graves of several sailors. It was in 1984 that permission was granted to exhume
three graves on
Beattie found that pneumonia with lead poisoning had been the cause of death once the corpses had been exhumed and tested. The cans of food were poorly soldered and they lead may have contaminated the food and slowly killed them.
But the most interesting discovery came only recently when search teams located both ships on the seabed. Erebus was located in just 36 feet of water, deteriorated but upright, in September 2014. Two years later the Arctic Research Foundation announced that the Terror had been found in 79 feet of water and in pristine condition.
But incredibly, it was the mysteriousness of the
The statue of Sir John Franklin in central London (right) and a monument in nearby Greenwich (below).