Discovery of Franklin’s HMS Erebus
Last updated: March 21, 2020 at 13:48 pm
[ 2014 ] On September 7, Parks Canada archeologists from the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition discover the wreck of one of the ships from the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, which was lost in 1846. Three weeks later, the ship is identified as HMS Erebus following a meticulous review of data and artifacts observed on the Arctic seabed. The remains of Sir John Franklin’s ship are found in the eastern stretches of the Queen Maud Gulf off the western coast of the Adelaide Peninsula using Inuit traditional knowledge and modern technology. The underwater archaeologists conduct seven dives to the shipwreck during two days of on-site investigation, taking diagnostic measurements, high-resolution photography, and high-definition video. The ship’s bell is identified during the very first dive on the site, and then recovered on the last dive.
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