The British expedition sent in search of Franklin consisted of five ships:
Assistance.Commander Sir Edward Belcher, C.-in-G, 424 tons, sixty-one men.¹
Resolute.Captain Henry Kellett, 424 tons, sixty-one men.
Pioneer.Captain Osborn. Attached toAssistance,steamer, 60 hp, thirty men.
Intrepid.Captain McClintock. Attached toResolute,steamer, 60 hp, thirty men.
North Star.Captain Pullen. Transport, 600 tons, thirty men.²
On 16 April 1852 all the ships being ready for sea, we left Woolwich Basin³ to run down to Greenhithe,⁴ a small, very picturesque community about eight leagues from London; here I went aboardResolute.
On 21 April, after...