The 'Fox' Expedition meet the Inuit, Cape Victoria, 1859.
Engraving showing Captain McClintock and a sledge team of the 'Fox' Expedition meeting some Inuit at Cape Victoria, Boothia Felix, 1859. The 'Fox', commanded by McClintock, went to the Arctic region in search of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845. During the meeting depicted, the Inuit told McClintock about a group of starving white men they had seen near the mouth of the Great Fish River years before. These were the last survivors of Franklin's expedition. With this information McClintock was able to finally solve the enigma of Franklin's disappearance. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS 'Erebus' and HMS 'Terror', to look for the Northwest passage round the northern coast of Canada. The expedition, commanded by Sir John Franklin, disappeared from view late in 1845 and none of the men were ever seen again. In fact the ships made it to the King William Island region, then got stuck in the ice. With supplies running out the surviving crew abandoned ship and headed south. However, none made it to safety, all dying of disease, exposure or starvation.
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