Friday, September 12, 2014


While the frozen bodies of 2 crew members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition were found on Canada's Beechey Island and exhumed in 1980, the foundered vessels have never been discovered. Until now. On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that one of the two ships – either the Erebus or the Terror, both last seen in 1845 – had been located using underwater drones. Photographs including the image above reveal the ship's remains at the bottom of the Victoria Strait, near King William Island in Nunavut. Says Harper, "Finding the first vessel will no doubt provide the momentum – or wind in our sails – necessary to locate its sister ship and find out even more about what happened to the Franklin Expedition’s crew."

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