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Perilous Position of HMS 'Terror', Captain Back, in the Arctic Regions in the Summer of 1837

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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This shows an episode during Captain George Back's voyage in the 'Terror' in the Arctic regions during 1836–1837. It was his last expedition to find a sea route from Hudson's Bay to the Polar Sea, tracing the coast of the Polar Sea between Repulse Bay and Turnagain Point, the farthest point reached by Franklin on his first overland expedition. 'Terror' was a bomb, a type of ship which was exceptionally strongly built to fire heavy mortars, and therefore used extensively for exploration in the Polar Regions.

National Maritime Museum

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 83.8 x W 121.9 cm

Accession number

BHC3655

Work type

Painting


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