FarraigÍ an tuaisceart

The Sir John Franklin expedition of 1845 - 1848 started with its share of pomp and conceit.

Eagerly anticipated by the press, it was seen as another manifestation of how far man and science had come under the British Empire.

The waves had been conquered and the age of exploration had arrived. The new frontier was the wild and untamed places, the heart of darkness and the icy waste. Nature itself would be tamed and the march of progress would continue triumphant.

This bravado must have seemed an empty echo of amemory as the confidence and surety of the expedition eventually wither in the ice and isolation of Northern Canada.