Inglefield entered the Navy at the age of fifteen. In 1852, he led an expedition to search for Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who had disappeared while attempting to navigate a section of the Northwest Passage. Inglefield commanded Lady Franklin's private steamer, Isabella. He did not find Franklin, but charted previously unexplored areas along the northern Canadian coastline. On his return, he published A Summer Search for Sir John Franklin (1853) and was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1845, he served in the Crimean War, where he took part in the siege of Sebastopol. He went on to captain a number of ships, and rose to the rank of admiral.
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