Franklin, Sir John National Historic Person

Beechey Island, Nunavut
Portrait of Sir John Franklin (© Expired)
Portrait of Sir John Franklin
(© Expired)
Address : Beechey Island, Nunavut

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1945-05-16
Life Date: 1786 to 1847

Other Name(s):
  • Franklin, Sir John  (Designation Name)

Importance: Explorer, charted Arctic coast (1819-22 and 1825-27), lost in 1845


No plaque in place, recommended location:  Beechey Island, Nunavut

In two overland expeditions (1819-22, 1825-27) John Franklin of the Royal Navy charted large sections of the Arctic coast and accumulated valuable scientific data. Knighted in 1829, he served as Governor of Van Diemen's Land before the ill-fated journey, begun in 1845, in search of a Northwest Passage. The party wintered on Beechey Island (1845-46) but became icebound off King William Land the next year; all eventually perished, leaving scanty records of the exploration. The many expeditions sent in search of Franklin were responsible for further significant discoveries.