+Juicepig Posted November 15, 2006 Share Posted November 15, 2006 SWEET!! I know this one! Erebus and Terror. Franklin was a lieutenant in one of my Great (great great..) Uncles (John Ross) expeditions to the actic and antarctic. When he finally got his own command of the two ships (the same used by John Ross) he ended up sinking the them! Frickin guy! Starvation, cold, polar bears, choking of chunks of leather as they ate their shoes.. They died a hole bunch of ways, but mostly starvation and malnutrition, and hypothermia. I will think of a new question and throw it out there Juicepig, you have very correctly named both his ships and stated some of the contributing factors to their demise, but you need to wait for us westcoasters to get out of bed to find out if you answered it all correctly! Much later a grave was discovered and some of the bodies were exhumed by a relatively recent scientific expedition; there was an autopsy carried out and an unexpected cause of death was determined... This cause of death played a very large role in the demise of the crew as they attempted to escape the grip of the arctic. It is not what you mentioned above... it is this cause of death we are looking for... it may well have been the underlying cause for the whole crew's death. What was the cause of death? I figured it was already answered.. But even then, i doubt the WHOLE crew died of the same thing. Canniblism has been suggested, but they couldnt have all died of canniblism... Hey west coast!! stop sleeping in!! ...but I know they died of starvation and scurvy. Quote Link to comment
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