Francis Leopold McClintock

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McClintock, Francis Leopold


Born July 8, 1819, in Dundalk, Ireland; died Nov. 17, 1907, in London. English arctic explorer; admiral (from 1884).

In 1848-54, while taking part in three expeditions for the English government to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in search of J. Franklin’s missing expedition, McClintock in 1853 completed the discovery of Melville Island and discovered Prince Patrick Island. In 1857-59 he commanded the ship Fox, equipped by Franklin’s widow; in 1859 he and Lieutenant W. Hobson discovered traces of Franklin’s expedition on the northwestern shore of King William Island. The channel between Prince of Wales Island and Victoria Island (Canada) and a southern island in Zemlia Frantsa-Iosifa (USSR) were named for McClintock.


The Voyage of the “Fox” in the Arctic Seas. London, 1860.


Arkticheskie pokhody Dzhona Franklina. Leningrad, 1937.
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The item was used by Captain Francis Leopold McClintock of the Royal Navy on his Arctic voyage from 1857-59 to search for the remains of Sir John Franklin, who disappeared along with his party of 129 men while attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.
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In 1959 the mystery of what happened to Franklin and his men was finally solved when Captain Francis Leopold McClintock, from Co Louth, went down the passage and landed in King William island where Eskimos pointed him to the explorers' graves.
The first three proved unsuccessful, but the fourth, which set off in 1857 under the command of Francis Leopold McClintock, found answers to the fate of John's expedition.