In search of the Northwest Passage. Sir John Franklin's expedition of 1845

Harold Hoggarth

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23rd October 2020
Polar Exploration. Royal Navy | Sir John Franklin | Hms Erebus | 1066

In May 1845; Sir John Franklin with a team of 128 men, plus two ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror; set sail to find a way over the top of Canada into the Pacific Ocean and the Orient; all perished in the frozen lands and seas of Northern Arctic Canada. Interest in this ill-fated expedition has never lessened and in 2014 the sunken remains of HMS Erebus were found. followed two years later on the 3rd September 2016 HMS Terror was found, raising more questions than answers. The latest news of the ongoing research and exploration of HMS Erebus arrived on the 3rd of March 2020 and has now been added to my talk.

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About Harold Hoggarth

My name is Harold Hoggarth I was born in Nelson Lancashire during the second world war. I now live in Barnoldswick on the Lancashire / Yorkshire Border.

Having been in lockdown since 10th March due the incurable lung condition I suffer from and community groups not being able to meet, it has felt very strange when I am used to being out speaking 3 to 4 times a week. I have been busy making my talks available on line. They can delivered to your members either via Zoom or similar on line conferencing apps which can be facilitated by your group leader, or via video that I can email to you. Please contact me for further details.

For over 15 years I have been delivering these talks to various church and community groups; although I have been speaking in public for well over 50 years. My talks cover topics such as General and Local History, Family History, Church History, Personal History, Biographical Talks, Nostalgic Talks, Bible History talks (N.B. some talks are more suited to ladies groups some to men's groups all are suitable for mixed groups.) If you left click on the titles below you will be able to see brief details of each talk or you can see more on my website at

My Fees: I try to keep my fees affordable and ask for £1.00 for each person attending with a minimum fee of £30.00 and Maximum of £60.00 this includes travel up to 10 mile from my home, over 10 mile please add 50 pence per mile. The money I raise from my talks after my expenses help a number of charities.


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