- MS 1183/1-2;BJ Journals (2), 20 March 1850 to 9 June 1851 [Commanding HMS Intrepid ] 2 volumes, holograph (Xerox)
Cator, British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851
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- Dates of Creation1850-1851
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The British Naval Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader Horatio Austin) was to search for the missing British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (leader Sir John Franklin) via Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound. Four ships HMS Resolute (Austin), HMS Assistance (Erasmus Ommanney), HMS Intrepid (Cator) and HMS Pioneer (Sherard Osborn) sailed from London.
The expedition joined with the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850 (leader Charles Forsyth), the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader William Penny), the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader Sir John Ross) and the United States Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 (leader Edwin De Haven). The expeditions proved that Franklin had wintered at Beechey Island. Costal surveys, sledging expeditions and scientific observations were conducted during the expedition.
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