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In 1854, H.M.S. Resolute was floating in the arctic after being abandoned by Edward Belcher.
Belcher was a British officer who commanded a squadron of ships that was in search of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer who had left almost 10 years earlier in search of the Northwest Passage. After two years of searching, four of Belcher’s five ships became stuck in the ice and he ordered their abandonment. The Captain of Resolute, Henry Kellet, protested the order. Two of the ships were able to break free of the ice, but Belcher still ordered them to be abandoned.
After returning home, Belcher faced court-martial, as was standard procedure when commanders lost their ships. He, along with the captains of the abandoned ships, were acquitted, but Belcher was scorned and was never given another command.
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