OTTAWA - A chronology of the life of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin:
April 16, 1786: Born in Spilsby, England.
March 1800: Joins HMS Polyphemus as a Royal Navy midshipman.
April 2, 1801: Takes part in the Battle of Copenhagen.
Oct. 21, 1805: Takes part in the Battle of Trafalgar.
May 1819: Departed for his first Canadian Arctic land expedition.
Oct. 1822: Returns to England. Promoted to captain.
Feb. 1825: departs for his second overland expedition.
Sept. 1827: Returns to England.
April 1829: Knighted.
Aug. 1836: Departs to become governor of Tasmania.
June 1844: Returns to England.
May 1845: Sails on Northwest Passage expedition.
June 11, 1847: Dies aboard HMS Erebus.
Sept. 9, 2014: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces that one of Franklin's ships has been found.