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Thread #83236   Message #1528571
Posted By: Abby Sale
26-Jul-05 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: happy? - July 26 (Erebus & Terror)
Subject: happy? - July 26 (Erebus & Terror)
7/26/1845: Melville Bay: Last sighting of the Erebus & the Terror, Sir John Franklin's expedition. (sailed 5/19/1945 qv):

        It's a long time now since two ships of fame
        Did bear my Franklin across the main,
        With one hundred seamen so bold and stout,
        To find a north-west passage out.

                "Lady Franklin's Lament," G Greig, FSNE LXXXVI
                (Lots of other versions too, if you're looking for them.)

Franklin died June 11, 1847 - most of the men were found in 1859 - the last two not found until 1984.

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