Mission Erebus and Terror 2015 allowed Parks Canada archaeologists to recover various artifacts and map the shipwreck. Here, an underwater archaeologist inspects the hull of HMS Erebus. Her final resting place is a mere 11 meters from the surface of the water

Mission Erebus and Terror 2015 allowed Parks Canada archaeologists to recover various artifacts and map the shipwreck. Here, an underwater archaeologist inspects the hull of HMS Erebus. Her final resting place is a mere 11 meters from the surface of the water
Photo Credit: Parks Canada

HMS Erebus- Arctic recovery mission 2015

After countless searches over more than 160 years, the mystery of the lost Arctic mission of Sir John Franklin was partially resolved in 2014.

That was when one of the two long-missing ships was found.

The tedious work of removing kelp and cleaning the 30-metre length ship is key to preparing the wreck for the archaeological research and will allow the Underwater Archaeology Team to see the structure and integrity of the ship as well as damage caused by ice. After 169 years under the cold frigid water of the Arctic, the ship’s strong internal wooden framework still showcases its robust construction.
Summer 2015- The tedious work of removing kelp and cleaning the 30-metre length ship is key to preparing the wreck for the archaeological research and will allow the Underwater Archaeology Team to see the structure and integrity of the ship as well as damage caused by ice. After 169 years under the cold frigid water of the Arctic, the ship’s strong internal wooden framework still showcases its robust construction. © Parks Canada

Eventually determined to be the HMS Erebus, marine archaeologists from Parks Canada and other research specialists explored the ship this during August and September this year to discover more of what the ship could reveal.

The team of scientists, researchers, and officials from Parks Canada and other partners enjoyed a period of unusually good weather in the high Arctic during the expedition.

Bringing the human tragedy into the mystery of the Franklin expedition, a boot is found amid the debris
Summer 2015- Bringing the human tragedy into the mystery of the Franklin expedition, a boot is found amid the debris reminds us that 134 officers who made up the crew of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror lost their lives during the infamous1845 expedition. © Parks Canada

More photos and info from Parks Canada

The search for Franklin’s other ship, the HMS Terror, continues.

The HMS Erebus lying on the Arctic ocean floor as viewed from a helicopter. The Mission 2015 enjoyed excellent weather for the exploration
Summer 2015- The HMS Erebus lying on the Arctic ocean floor as viewed from a helicopter. The Mission 2015 enjoyed excellent weather for the exploration © Parks Canada

Researchers will continue to dive on the Erebus in years to come as they gather more information about the ship, Arctic exploration during that period,  analyze artefacts and marine life samples from on and near the ship.

Video of ship winter APRIL 2015

For Mission Erebus and Terror 2015, the first job was to carefully clean the kelp from the wreck. In this photo, Parks Canada underwater archaeologist Charles Dagneau removes kelp from around a circular glass illuminator on the upper deck. Illuminators are like small windows that direct light to the interior of the ship.
Summer 2015 -For Mission Erebus and Terror 2015, the first job was to carefully clean the kelp from the wreck. In this photo, Parks Canada underwater archaeologist Charles Dagneau removes kelp from around a circular glass illuminator on the upper deck. Illuminators are like small windows that direct light to the interior of the ship. © Parks Canada
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