Trail to launch commemorating Spilsby’s Sir John Franklin

May 25, 2018 Spilsby Online 0

A Trail will be launched in Spilsby as part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, to celebrate the life and achievements of the arctic explorer, Sir John Franklin. Franklin was born in Spilsby in 1786 and was raised in the town, later being educated at Louth Grammar School, but by the age of 14 he had joined the Royal Navy as a ‘first class volunteer’. Over the coming years he was involved in expeditions to […]

One of Sir John Franklin’s missing ships is found in the Canadian Arctic

September 11, 2014 Spilsby Online 0

One of Lincolnshire explorer Sir John Franklin’s two ships which vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper has announced. Sir John, from Spilsby, disappeared along with 129 men aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror while trying to find the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. A search ran from 1848 to 1859. Canadian divers and archaeologists has been trying to find Franklin’s […]