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Tests performed on the bodies indicated high levels of lead present in the bones. It is known that nearly 8, 000 tin cans, sealed with lead and filled with preserved meat, soup and vegetables, were aboard the ships.

It is thought the rest of the crew abandoned the ships and trekked across the ice, towards King William Island. None of the men survived the expedition. Reports from the Inuit suggest that crew died right there on the ice.

Many questions surrounding the Franklin Expedition remain unanswered. Why has every expedition in search of the two ships failed? Why has Franklin himself never been discovered? What prompted the crew to make the decisions that they did, leading to their ultimate destruction?

Only a few facts remain: Franklin and his two sea-faring vessels remain in the Canadian Arctic, stubbornly sunk roughly 100 kilometres away from the Northwest Passage they were sent to find over 150 years ago.      »

By Lindsay Foss

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