Sir John Franklin's expedition to find the Northwest Passage ended in disaster, as is quite well known, and I recall that some of the crew members' frozen bodies were found some years ago, with suggestions of cannibalism. I think this was reported in National Geographic. The doomed ships were never found - until now. A Canadian expedition has discovered one of the two ships, sunken in 36 feet of water, proving, I suppose that the expedition did in fact find the Northwest Passage, but didn't make it all the way through to the Pacific. Thanks to our carbon emissions it's likely that the passage will be clear water soon, and geopolitical arguments have begun already between the US and Canada, but that's another story.
My interest in this topic stems from my interest in folk music and how history is recorded in folk songs, in this case the broadside ballad "Lord Franklin" (he wasn't actually a lord) which I got to perform with a friend at our local acoustic music club a few months ago. A different version of the song is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4RHYJdcE4
The news report is here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29131757