Tracking Franklin and Amundsen

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 02.28.06
  • NOVA

Their routes through the Arctic in search of a northwest sea passage were remarkably similar, but their fates were starkly different. Though Sir John Franklin was a celebrated English explorer with decades of experience, 128 men, and two finely crafted ships, his mission became tragically trapped in ice. A half-century later, a young Norwegian named Roald Amundsen, using a modest fishing vessel and a tiny crew, charted the long-sought Northwest Passage with relative ease. On this map, compare key points on both expeditions.

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Trace the routes of Sir John Franklin and Roald Amundsen in their epic quests to find a passage through the Arctic Sea.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Arctic Passage.



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