Passage to History: Polar Explorers Retracing Steps of Doomed Arctic Expedition
Eight explorers set off yesterday to retrace one of the most disastrous Arctic expeditions in history.
The team plans to be the first to follow in the footsteps of Sir John Franklin, who set off in 1845 to discover the elusive North West Passage, a much sought after sea trade route linking the Atlantic to the Pacific via the frozen wastes of northern Canada.
The expedition became stranded on the ice and Franklin and the 128 men with him were never to return.
Yesterday, Rebecca Harris, a 34-yearold art director from London, led seven fellow explorers as they begin retracing Sir John's steps.
She said the 200-mile trek was a tribute to Sir John's widow, Lady Jane Franklin, who worked tirelessly to trace her husband.
Ms Harris said: 'I was inspired to put the expedition together to raise awareness for an incredible Victorian woman who spent 11 years searching for her missing husband in the Arctic.
'In doing so, she put so many expeditions together that she actually launched polar exploration. Very, very few people know about her. …