The Fate of Franklin

King William Island, near Gjoa Haven, 2004 - Photo by Russell A. Potter

A Multimedia Museum of the Cultural Histories of Arctic Exploration

Maintained by Russell A. Potter, Ph.D.

[site last updated September 10, 2017]

My latest book, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search, is available from McGill-Queen's University Press. My previous book Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875, is available from the University of Washington Press.

My blog VISIONS OF THE NORTH, is the place to go for the latest news and musings on Sir John Franklin and related topics.

"ARCTIC PASSAGE: PRISONERS OF THE ICE," the Franklin documentary in which I appear, is now available on YouTube. For details on this program, visit NOVA's companion website.


Resources on this Site:

Franklin in the Public Eye: 1818-1859

A Multimedia overview of the public fascination with

Sir John Franklin and the Arctic regions

Includes images from Panoramas, The Illustrated Press, popular engravings, daguerreotypes,

and documents illuminating the British and American obsession with Franklin's Fate.



The Arctic Regions have brought forth a wide variety of popular imagery, ranging from

Currier & Ives Prints to cigarette trading cards to stereoscope and magic lantern views.

Browse a wide selection of images of these kinds, with historical commentary.


Images and resources from my own Arctic travels and researches.



Franklin author and researcher David C. Woodman offers his personal accounts of his last

three searches for traces of Franklin's expedition.


The Arctic Book Review

Drop by for reviews of current books of Arctic interest from our international staff of reviewers.

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