Franklin’s Lost Ships

In the summer of 2014, 170 years after it left England, one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Erebus, was found in the Canadian Arctic. Our cameras were on board to witness this extraordinary underwater discovery.

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set off for the Northwest Passage, with two ships and 128 men. They never came home and the fate of the expedition has become one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. Now that The Erebus has been found, historians and archaeologists can start to piece together what happened during the harrowing final days of the doomed expedition. Through CGI, interviews and re-enactments, and exclusive footage of the ship’s discovery we bring this tragic story to life.

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Co-production with Lion Television
Ben Finney
Producer Andrew Gregg
For CBC, PBS NOVA (US) and Channel 4 (UK)

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  • 2016 Yorkton Film Festival for Best Science Documentary category
  • Special Jury Award at Worldfest Houston 2016