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John Franklin

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Date of birth16 April 1786
Place of birthSpilsby, Lincolnshire, England
Date of death11 June 1847(age 61)
Place of deathnear King William Island, Canada
SpouseEleanor Anne Porden & Jane Griffin
5th Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land
In office5 January 1837 - 21 August 1843
Succeeded bySir John Eardley-Wilmot
Preceded bySir George Arthur

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Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. Franklin also served as governor of Tasmania for several years. In his last expedition, he disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The entire crew perished from starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning and scurvy before and after Franklin died and the expedition's icebound ships were abandoned in desperation.


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