Body of sailor from doomed Franklin Expedition laid to rest

Published on November 3rd, 2009 | by Admin


160 years after he died in the Canadian Artic during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, the remains of Lieutenant Henry Le Vesconte have been laid to rest in London, England.

The 20-year search for the ships commanded by Sir John Franklin yielded various artifacts and the graves of several of the doomed crewmen, including that of Lt. Henry Le Vesconte.

But neither of the ships — and few answers — were ever found to shed light on how the expedition had gone so disastrously wrong.

Yet the search effort helped map much of the Canadian Arctic, laying the foundation of Britain’s — and later Canada’s — claims to the vast polar archipelago widely seen today as a resource treasure house.

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