In 1847 explorer Sir John Franklin set out on an expedition to find a Northwest Passage through the Arctic. Years later he still had not returned and the British Admiralty began to make plans to discover his fate. They offered a large reward for information as to the whereabouts of the expedition. Many people sent in complicated schemes to locate the explorers. This plan by Stephen Stokes suggests suspending a man with a telescope from a series of large kites, 1849/50.