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Ghost of Haslar: Dr Stephen Stanley

Nothing left, just splintered wood and ice; the ship rusted and my spectral apparition is fading.

I have watched so many times these images in my mind; heard their echoes ring in my ears.

I left my job at Haslar Hospital to sail on the infamous HMS Terror and Erebus Arctic Expedition in 1845.

We left London and journeyed up the east coast of the UK heading for the icy north of North America. For a time, we explored the cold and barren islands we found during the short Arctic summer.

My time on the ship was very nerve-wracking. I had all the weight on my shoulders as I was saving lives.

And then our ships were caught in the ice, stuck fast and crushed. We all died on that ice. I never returned to my old job at Haslar.

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