Fitzjames (#46807301)
Are we brothers, Francis?
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[ Official daguerreotype for the expedition ]
[ Portrayed by Tobias Menzies in AMC's The Terror (2018)]
James Fitzjames
Second Captain of HMS Erebus

Captain James Fitzjames (27 July 1813–after 1848?) was a British Royal Navy officer who participated in two major exploratory expeditions, the Euphrates Expedition and the Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, and a third up the Yellow River into China. He was illegitimate, and during his life and after his friends and relatives took great pains to conceal his origins. It has recently been revealed that his true father was Sir James Gambier, although the identity of his mother remains unknown.

Once appointed to the Franklin Expedition, Fitzjames was given specific responsibility for recruitment and also for the scientific research into magnetism which was an important objective of the Franklin Expedition. The ships sailed from Greenhithe in May, 1845 and after replenishing at Disko Bay in Greenland and was last seen at the end of July, 1845 by two whalers in northern Baffin Bay. That was the last definite sighting of James Fitzjames.

After the death of Sir John Franklin on 11 June 1847, we know that James Fitzjames became Captain of HMS Erebus and co-leader of the Franklin Expedition with Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror. This information has been gleaned from the famous 'Victory Point note', which both men signed on 22 April 1848. This is the last definite trace of James Fitzjames, although he may be one of the shadowy 'kabloonas' – desperate survivors of the Franklin Expedition – whom Inuit people of the region remembered meeting.

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