Finding Franklin

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Skulls of members of the Franklin Expedition, discovered and buried by William Skinner and Paddy Gibson in 1945, at King William Island, N.W.T. (now Nunavut), are shown in this photo from the National Archives of Canada Collections. [THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada]
Skulls of members of the Franklin Expedition, discovered and buried by William Skinner and Paddy Gibson in 1945, at King William Island, N.W.T. (now Nunavut), are shown in this photo from the National Archives of Canada Collections. [THE CANADIAN PRESS/National Archives of Canada]

Canadian scientists spent 40 days chasing underwater treasure in the Arctic this fall. Their quarry? A pair of 19th century shipwrecks from the doomed Franklin expedition.

Hunting for a shortcut

Sir John Franklin was a famous British sea captain. In 1845, he led a treasure hunt of his own. His dream...

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