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Ship, missing for 160 years, belonged to Oxfordshire explorer

A ship belonging to an Oxfordshire explorer has been found near Canada more than 160 years after it went missing.

Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men set off from Greenhithe in Kent in 1845 to chart the North West Passage - a trade route linking the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The next year - trapped by polar ice - the men died and the ships disappeared. Now the wreck of one of the ships has been located close to King William Island in the Victoria Strait. Abigail Bracken reports.

Hampshire polar explorer sets off on daring trek

Hungry polar bears at night could be one of the fiercest dangers that Portsmouth-born explorer Alex Hibbert faces when he tackles one of the last great Arctic challenges.

Moving fractured sea ice, unpredictable weather conditions and temperatures as low as -50C could also throw up problems as he makes an unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole in the depths of Winter.

He sets off today.


Review into Arctic medals

The government has commissioned a new review into the rules surrounding the awarding of military medals. It gives hope to hundreds of veterans from South who may finally be awarded medals for their campaigns in the Arctic during the Second World War. The review will be chaired by Sir John Holmes.

“I am honoured to have been asked to take on this review and look forward to talking to all interested parties on what are sensitive and important issues.

– Sir John Holmes