NOVA: Arctic Ghost Ship
Tuesday, March 19, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
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.
Researchers have found tantalizing 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 until, in 2014, after seven years of searching, an official Parks Canada expedition finally located the Erebus, intact and upright on the sea floor. NOVA tells the inside story of the risky Canadian expedition, which involved constant battles with crushing sea ice, bad weather and disappointing dead ends.