In the 1800’s, John Franklin led a ship full of men on a voyage to find Asia. Though their travels would be dangerous, the brave men were hopeful that the adventure would yield a promising return. This voyage came to be known as the Franklin Expedition. Franklin and his men traveled on two ships, Terror and Erebus. Ultimately, their ships were seized in thick sheets of ice, trapping it and rendering the men helpless. The basic need for survival took over for many of these men. A number of them had never been exposed to the freezing temperatures of the North before. Surviving this voyage would only be possible for survival of the fittest. Though a search for the missing ships was established, it did not find and rescue the men in time. When the dead bodies of these crew men were found, it became evident that they had spent the remainder of their days starving. For those who didn’t starve, they resorted to picking and eating at the flesh of their former crew members. The Franklin Expedition highlights one of the most devastating times in exploration history. Just think about how long ago this has happened- today, the subject is still taught in classrooms across the world. When I heard about the Franklin Expedition, I tried picturing what it would be like if I had been in those mens’ shoes. How scary would it have been to be stranded on a ship, with no food, no warmth, and no way of communicating with the rest of the world? Today, we live in a world where everyone is so reliant on technology. As a young person of the 21st century, I would’ve probably lost it as soon as my phone battery died. I’m amazed by how long the crew men lasted after they had become stranded. Their prolonged survival was purely based on the basic skills of human kind: finding sustainable food. It makes me realize how scary today’s generation has become so dependent on second and third party providers. We have people cook for us, drive us to work, buy our clothes, etc. When it comes to the day where we must fend for our selves, would we even last twice as long as the men of these ships? Though the expedition did not complete its mission in finding a route to the continent of Asia, I think the men on these ships should be remembered as heroes for risking their lives, and ultimately dying an inhumane death.