"Sir John Franklin"
Sir John Franklin
Public DomainSir John Franklin (1828) - Credit: National Portrait Gallery

Sir John Franklin was a British Royal Navy officer, veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and Arctic explorer. He served as governor of Tasmania for several years, before disappearing during an 1845 expedition to chart a navigable route through the Northwest Passage.

Conrad discusses Franklin in more detail in his late essay 'Geography and Some Explorers' (1924), describing him as ‘the dominating figure amongst the seamen explorers of the first half of the nineteenth century … whose fame rests not only on the extent of his discoveries, but on professional prestige and high personal character.