Arctic Ghost Ship

An astonishing find could solve the mystery of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. Airing September 23, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Aired September 23, 2015 on PBS

Program Description

NOVA presents an exclusive breakthrough in the greatest unsolved mystery in Arctic exploration. In 1845, British explorer Sir John Franklin set off to chart the elusive Northwest Passage, commanding 128 men in two robust and well-stocked Royal Navy ships, the Erebus and Terror.  They were never heard from again.  Eventually, searchers found tantalising clues to their fate: a hastily written note left on an island, exhumed bodies suggesting lead poisoning, discarded human bones with marks of cannibalism and Inuit legends of ghost ships.  But no trace of the ships was ever found. Then, in 2014, after seven years of searching, an official Parks Canada expedition finally located the Erebus, intact and upright on the sea floor. With exclusive access, NOVA tells the inside story of the risky Canadian expedition, which involved constant battles with crushing sea ice, bad weather, and disappointing dead ends. Culminating in the historic discovery of the Erebus, NOVA tells the gripping story of the ill-fated expedition and reveals exclusive new clues from the sea floor that may finally unravel what happened to Franklin’s men more than 160 years ago.

Broadcast Credits

DIRECTED BY
Ben Finney
EDITED BY
Paul Holland
CAMERA
Liam Ayres
ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Mike Brown
DRAMA DIRECTOR
Stuart Elliott
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Chrissie Barlow
Barbara Browne
Emma Falkus
JUNIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER
Felicia Gold
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Shahana Meer
SOUND RECORDISTS
Steve Pritchard
Jamie Tounge
NARRATED BY
Richard Allinson
MUSIC
Audio Networks
COMPOSER
Bruce Fowler
ANIMATION
Redlab Digital
ADDITIONAL GRAPHICS
Eddie Gachegua
ONLINE EDITOR AND COLORIST
Catherine Preece
AUDIO MIX
Steve Crook
CANADIAN DRAMA UNIT
LINE PRODUCER
Seaghan Hancocks
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Grippo
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Susanne Cuffe
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Peter Twist
ART DIRECTOR
Tim McElcheran
LOCATION SOUND
Tim Hodge
Mike Josselyn
Brian Maier
Sanjay Mehta
Richard Nault
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Jennifer Robb
KEY MAKEUP
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Sjaan Gillings
Emily O’Quinn
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David Brunelle
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Pierre Langlois
Anna Sobkowska
CASTING DIRECTOR
Gail Carr
CAST IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
FRANCIS CROZIER — Neil Affleck
JAMES FITZJAMES — Neil Bennett
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN — Philip Lorte
INUIT — Mapalu Ashoona, Kuzy Curley, David Laronde
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National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Parks Canada
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
SPECIAL THANKS
Arctic Research Foundation
William Battersby
Owen Beattie
Matt Betts
Canadian Hydrographic Service
Peter Carney
Defence Research and Development Canada
Government of Nunavut
Kraken Sonar Systems
National Maritime Museum, London
Old Royal Naval College
One Ocean Expeditions
Russell Potter
Royal Canadian Navy
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Paula S. Apsell

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Participants

Marc-André Bernier
Parks Canada
Ranulph Fiennes
Arctic Explorer
John Geiger
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Ryan Harris
Parks Canada
Louie Kamookak
Inuit Historian
Anne Keenleyside
Trent University
Rosemarie Kuptana
Former President, Inuit Tapirisat of Canada
Andrew Lambert
King's College London
Huw Lewis-Jones
Arctic Historian
Stephanie Pfirman
Barnard College/Columbia University
Doug Stenton
Government of Nunavut
Andrew Stirling
C. C. G. Helicopter Pilot
Claire Warrior
National Maritime Museum, London

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