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Interesting news.


'A really important day': Franklin Expedition ship discovered in Arctic waters


The key to unlocking the mystery of the missing Franklin Expedition came just days ago when a coast guard helicopter pilot spotted a dark U-shaped object in the Arctic snow the size of a man's forearm.

The time-ravaged, orange-brown hunk of metal, vaguely in the shape of a tuning fork, bore the markings of the Royal Navy. It was a davit — part of a lifting mechanism, likely for a lifeboat, for one of the two lost Franklin ships.
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Geiger was with the search team that finally confirmed the discovery of one of two lost ships from Sir John Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition.

The remarkable find completes one half of a puzzle that long ago captured the Victorian imagination and gave rise to many searches throughout the 19th century for Franklin and his crew.

The search team confirmed the discovery in the early morning hours of Sunday using a remotely operated underwater vehicle recently acquired by Parks Canada. They found the wreck 11 metres below the water's surface.
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Canada finds British vessel that vanished on doomed North-West Passage expedition in 1840s

One of the most enduring and tragic mysteries of British maritime history came a crucial step closer to being solved on Tuesday when Canada announced the discovery of a Royal Navy vessel that disappeared in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago.

The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were last seen in 1845 under the command of Sir John Franklin on a doomed Admiralty expedition to find the legendary Northwest Passage of ice-filled waters linking the Atlantic and Pacific.
Oh, & just a little dig at the warmists... (from first link)

The discovery itself was serendipitous, said Jody Thomas, deputy commissioner of operations for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The team was supposed to be searching in a more northern area, but the ice cover was too heavy, she said.

"The ice is very heavy this year. There is a myth that there is no ice in the Arctic, and that is exactly that, a myth. And so they were forced to go a little further south."
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Great.. I feel amazing we found it.. hopefully this will show Czar Putin that we mean businesses LOL
 

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Over a century to complete half a job. Sounds like me cleaning out the garage. (Cool, though.)


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Tim Ball provides some additional info on the Franklin Expedition.

Weather, Climate, Arctic Ice And The Franklin Expedition

The wreck marks the final focal and ending point of a government funded and bureaucratically organized disastrous expedition. It occurred in conditions they didn’t understand and completely misjudged, mostly because they were blinded by the ambition of one person, John Franklin. Search for the Northwest Passage was, as Pierre Berton defined in the title of his book, like looking for The Arctic Grail.
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The fiasco was summarized when John Rae wrote his final report to the British Admiralty. He recommended that in future any Admiralty expedition should study the survival techniques of the native people. The Admiralty response said, the Royal Navy would never resort to the subterfuge of going native. No wonder the Erebus and Terror sank, with only one ship being discovered 170 years later, and everybody perishing. Government, using incompetent people to advance political agendas at the expense of ordinary people, many of them with remarkable skills and talents, is nothing new in the Arctic.
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Good read.
 

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The HMS Terror has been found.... in Terror Bay, of all places!

HMS Terror discovery could be last piece in Franklin expedition puzzle


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Thanks to a tip from an Inuit crewmember, researchers working in the waters off Nunavut believe they have found the remains of HMS Terror, the second of the two missing ships of Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition.

Following the suggestion from the crewmember who once saw a mast peeking through water, the research vessel Martin Bergmann diverted its course to a bay on King William Island, where sonar scans indicated the presence of a shipwreck, Royal Canadian Navy Rear Admiral John Newton said.

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The disappearance of Franklin’s British Navy expedition after it set sail in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage has long been a touchstone of Canadian history. Recent efforts to find the shipwrecks became part of Ottawa’s effort to assert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

The Sept. 3 discovery was made by the same partnership that found Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, in 2014.

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Sammy Kogvik, a crewmember from the Inuit hamlet of Gjoa Haven, revealed that during a fishing trip seven or eight years ago, he had seen what looked like a mast poking out in a King William Island location coincidentally called Terror Bay.

Mr. Kogvik took pictures of the mast but lost his camera and hadn’t shared the story until now because he felt the disappearance of his photos had been a bad omen. However, on this trip, “Sammy felt he could trust the people he was sailing with,” Rear Adm. Newton said.

“As soon as he said the story, I knew from his eyes and the way he was speaking that he had something. I’d also heard similar stories in the past four years, so we quickly decided to change our course, to go in to Terror Bay,” Adrian Schimnowski, the foundation’s operations director, told The Canadian Press.​

(Globe & Mail / See underwater video from The Guardian)

NOTE: Props to FeXL who beat me to it by two hours, but for some reason I didn't see it...
 

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Inuit oral historian who pointed way to Franklin shipwrecks dies aged 58
Louie Kamookak, who tied ancestral stories to an ill-fated 1840s expedition to find the North-West Passage, to be honoured in Canada



Growing up in the Canadian Arctic, Louie Kamookak was captivated by tales from Inuit elders of rusted utensils strewn along a remote shore and mysterious white men using ropes to haul a large ship through the ice.

Years later, he realized there was a striking resemblance between the stories of his youth and historical accounts of the ill-fated expedition of Sir John Franklin, whose two ships – and 129 crew members – vanished while searching for the North-West Passage in the 1840s.

Kamookak compared Inuit stories with explorers’ logbooks and journals to develop a working theory of where the ships might be.

Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt

He shared these thoughts with Canadian archaeologists, and was eventually vindicated in a spectacular fashion when, using his directions, divers located the HMS Erebus in 2014, and two years later, the Terror.

Both ships were found exactly where Kamookak had predicted.

Archaeologists and historians have paid tribute to the Inuit oral historian who helped solve a mystery that had confounded explorers for generations, after he died this week aged 58.

 

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Good on you Louie... you will be remembered.
 

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I've been watching The Terror, but although it's handsomely mounted, I don't find it compelling. Beautiful title sequence.
 

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First look at HMS Terror shows boat from doomed Franklin Expedition intact




It remains, despite nearly two centuries beneath the Arctic seas, amazingly shipshape.

First pictures from inside the HMS Terror, part of the doomed Franklin Expedition, show tidy rows of crockery, neatly stowed storage lockers _ even a propeller sitting solidly in place as if ready for a head of steam.

“Overturned armchairs, thermometers on the wall, stacked plates, chamberpots, washbasins — often in their correct position,” said Ryan Harris, one of a team of Parks Canada underwater archaeologists probing the secrets of the British warship lost around 1848 while searching for the Northwest Passage.

“We were able to see an incredible array of artifacts.”

(More info at: Global News)​
 

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First look at HMS Terror shows boat from doomed Franklin Expedition intact




It remains, despite nearly two centuries beneath the Arctic seas, amazingly shipshape.

First pictures from inside the HMS Terror, part of the doomed Franklin Expedition, show tidy rows of crockery, neatly stowed storage lockers _ even a propeller sitting solidly in place as if ready for a head of steam.

“Overturned armchairs, thermometers on the wall, stacked plates, chamberpots, washbasins — often in their correct position,” said Ryan Harris, one of a team of Parks Canada underwater archaeologists probing the secrets of the British warship lost around 1848 while searching for the Northwest Passage.

“We were able to see an incredible array of artifacts.”

(More info at: Global News)​
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Zombie thread resurrection..... but for a good bit of info. From ExplorersWeb:

A Visit to Sir John Franklin’s Sunken Ship, the Erebus

Seven years ago, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in arctic history turned up in a shallow, island-studded region south of King William Island, in the Canadian High Arctic: the wreck of HMS Terror, Sir John Franklin’s long-lost ship. It lay in 11m down in Queen Maud Gulf, and on clear, calm days, when the water was not turbid, you could see the vessel.

 
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