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H.M.S. Intrepid, under the command of Irish explorer Sir Francis Leopold McClintock (1819 - 1907), is trapped in pack ice in Baffin Bay, circa 1853. McClintock is on his first mission to find the 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin, which disappeared during a search for the Northwest Passage. This comes from a sketch by Commander May R.N.

H.M.S. Intrepid, under the command of Irish explorer Sir Francis Leopold McClintock (1819 - 1907), is trapped in pack ice in Baffin Bay, circa 1853. McClintock is on his first mission to find the 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin, which disappeared during a search for the Northwest Passage. This comes from a sketch by Commander May R.N.

One of the world’s most famous expeditions set sail from England in 1845. Destination — the daunting Northwest Passage.

Sir John Franklin and his crew of more than 130 carried enough food for a five-year mission. But they were never seen again. It’s a story of epic British failure from a part of the world that many still want to conquer, especially as Arctic ice melts.

Russia is moving to protect its northern border. Experts are warning the U.S. government to pay more attention to the north, and luxury cruises are sailing the once-impassible route.

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  • Paul Watson Journalist and author, most recently of "Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition."

Read An Excerpt From Watson's Book

Excerpted from ICE GHOSTS: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition by Paul Watson. Copyright © 2017 by ArcticStar Creativity Ltd. With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

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