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There has been quite a few builds of this model recently and I read a book several years ago about the sailors that had been exhumed that had died on Franklyn's ill fated mission.... They took tissues samples from the sailors bodies and the results show a massive content of lead in their bodies. This was put down to the canned food they took with them on the expedition which had been sealed with lead. I have included the pictures which some may find disturbing or interesting depending on your point of view. On the trip to exhume was a relative of one of the sailors. They were exhumed in 1986 and apart from tissue samples were reinterred in the same place. It is amazing how the ice has preserved these men. They had also been autopsied by the ships doctor before being buried to try to discover what had caused their deaths.  

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   The photos you posted are incredible.  Thanks for sharing these.

Allan

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Incredible preservation and excellent detective work sorting it out that lead poisoning was the problem.  

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Interesting to note that the amount of lead in the cadavers may not have been significantly higher than in the rest of the population of Victorian England at the time. The use of lead piping was commonplace for drinking water pipes and consequently lead levels ingested were proportionally higher.

Whilst it is true there was lead used in the canned food for the first time, this may not have been the sole cause of death?

 

One of the bodies- I think it was the Royal Marine, had been shown to have succumbed to tuberculosis .

 

Maybe some day soon the ships log can be found and if it is in any condition for study ( a very big if) , further clues may explain what led to the tragedy. No doubt a chain of several factors.

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13 hours ago, Portsoy said:

Maybe some day soon the ships log can be found and if it is in any condition for study ( a very big if) , further clues may explain what led to the tragedy. No doubt a chain of several factors.

The melting going on at the poles, there's no telling what will be uncovered.  Possible a log will be found.

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