The 2016 Franklin Expedition

The Polar Ocean Challenge is headed off into the ice.


They will run into this in three days – hundreds of miles of solid ice. Without an icebreaker, they are going nowhere. I asked them on Twitter if they have an icebreaker. I haven’t received a response, and will be monitoring them by satellite to see if they are cheating.



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7 Responses to The 2016 Franklin Expedition

  1. Jim Hunt says:

    Perhaps they’re already out of range of Twitter Tony?

    • AndyG55 says:

      Or stuck in the anomalously high levels of sea ice.

      Right , Jimbo.

      • Jim Hunt says:

        Ever heard of irony Andy?

        The area of sea ice in the Barents Sea is effectively zero. They are not stuck in it. They are instead proceeding at ~ 8 km/h, if their live tracking map is to be believed at any rate.

  2. Brian D says:

    Back on the 15th, I posted a forecast map for Sat 23rd. And it was a good forecast for a week out.
    Here it is now.

    • Brian D says:

      The pattern for the upcoming week will be similar to the pattern of last week with low pressure dominating the Russian side of the basin.
      Tues 26th

      • Brian D says:

        And again for the end of next week. So those folks are going to have to fight some pretty bad weather on top of the ice conditions.

  3. Beale says:

    That’s a grim comparison. I hope the Expedition fares better than Sir John and his men; but I also hope that the whole story will be told.

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