Queen Emma correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/227;D Letter to Jane, Lady Franklin, 12 October 1865 [Reference to report of C F Hall's belief in survivors from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror] holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1845 Sir John Franklin sailed north in command of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition. Sent by the Admiralty the two ships HMS Erebus (Franklin) and HMS Terror (Francis Crozier) were to search for a passage via Lancaster Sound. With provisions designed to last three years the expedition sailed north in May 1845. Whalers in Baffin Bay were the last Europeans to see the two ships in July of 1845.

Many searches were conducted for the missing expedition during the course of which the main facts regarding the route taken and the final fate of the expedition were established.

Jane, Lady Franklin correspondence with a great many people regarding the missing expedition



Related Material

The institute holds an extensive archival collection for Jane, Lady Franklin including Journals which mention her meeting with the Queen. Much of the Institute's Arctic collections relate to the search for the missing Northwest Passage Expedition, these collections include one for Charles Hall.