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Last Piece of the Franklin Expedition Potentially Discovered in the Canadian Arctic

The discovery of HMS Terror would be important for Inuit communities and Canada, reflecting the valuable role of Inuit knowledge.

As in previous years, Parks Canada’s Research Vessel (RV) Investigator was transported to Nunavut on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Sir Wilfrid Laurier, which will also serve as a platform of operations for Mission Erebus and Terror 2016. In this photo you can see the Investigator being launched from the well deck of the Laurier.
As in previous years, Parks Canada’s Research Vessel (RV) Investigator was transported to Nunavut on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Sir Wilfrid Laurier, which will also serve as a platform of operations for Mission Erebus and Terror 2016. In this photo you can see the Investigator being launched from the well deck of the Laurier.

Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is enthusiastic over the potential discovery of HMS Terror. This extraordinary find underscores the importance of Inuit knowledge and would make a significant contribution to completing the fascinating story of the lost Franklin Expedition.

Mission Erebus and Terror 2016 built on the success of previous missions and the collaboration with the Government of Nunavut, local communities and other public, private and non-profit partners.

Parks Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard, will validate the find at the earliest operational window. Once confirmed, the Government of Canada will discuss the protection of the site with the Government of Nunavut and its Inuit partners.

Locating the HMS Terror is only the initial step of the research that will need to be conducted. Parks Canada’s Underwater Archeology team, along with the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Royal Canadian Navy, and other partners, will investigate this new wreck site on future missions to reveal more details and develop a better understanding of this important story for Canada and the world.

Parks Canada and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association will continue to negotiate the Impact and Benefits Agreements to ensure that benefits for Inuit are realized as a result of the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site, which would include HMS Terror. Through the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement, Parks Canada and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association will work together on the development and co-operative management of the National Historic Site.

The Government of Canada will continue to engage Nunavut communities in the Franklin project and related initiatives, in both the short and long term.

Much of Mission 2016 is focused on searching for HMS Terror. Here, Filippo Ronca and Ryan Harris are lowering a sound velocity probe into the water to calibrate the multi-beam sonar, the instrument that they will use to scan the ocean floor in search of the second lost ship of the 1845 Franklin Expedition.  © Thierry Boyer / Parks Canada
Much of Mission 2016 is focused on searching for HMS Terror. Here, Filippo Ronca and Ryan Harris are lowering a sound velocity probe into the water to calibrate the multi-beam sonar, the instrument that they will use to scan the ocean floor in search of the second lost ship of the 1845 Franklin Expedition.
© Thierry Boyer / Parks Canada

Quotes

“The multi-year contribution from Parks Canada and its partners in the Arctic has led to the discovery of two of the most famous and mysterious ships in Canada’s history. HMS Erebus was found through a unique combination of Inuit traditional knowledge and cutting-edge science, and Inuit knowledge was again central to this amazing discovery. This latest discovery will offer another unique and incredible opportunity for archeological exploration and the sharing of Inuit history and culture with the world.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of the Environment and Climate Chance and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“I share the pride of all Canadians in the role ‎of the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Canadian Coast Guard and the important collaboration and contribution of local Inuit communities in the search for the lost Franklin ships.‎ We congratulate all the partners on the work completed and are excited to offer our continued expertise to this project. “

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc,
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The discovery of HMS Terror showcases the excellent cooperation between governmental departments in Canada’s North. The Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Rangers were instrumental in the search and I am very proud of the expertise they contributed.  As the Royal Canadian Navy continues to expand its ability to conduct northern operations, this discovery is an important link with our country’s naval heritage and reminds us of the sacrifices of brave sailors who ventured into uncharted waters.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan,
Minister of National Defence

This year, the Canadian Coast Guard, one of our partners, took part in Polar Bikes, a community project that brings donated bikes to communities in northern Canada. Here you can see the volunteer team of Polar Bikes heading to shore in a motorboat while CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, which transported the bikes to Nunavut, is anchored in the background.  © Thierry Boyer / Parks Canada
This year, the Canadian Coast Guard, one of our partners, took part in Polar Bikes, a community project that brings donated bikes to communities in northern Canada. Here you can see the volunteer team of Polar Bikes heading to shore in a motorboat while CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, which transported the bikes to Nunavut, is anchored in the background.
© Thierry Boyer / Parks Canada
After several days of travel on CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, members of our team took part in the delivery of nearly 40 bicycles to children in Taloyoak. No doubt it was a memorable moment for everyone!
After several days of travel on CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, members of our team took part in the delivery of nearly 40 bicycles to children in Taloyoak. No doubt it was a memorable moment for everyone!

Quick facts

  • Since 2008, there have been eight major Parks Canada-led searches for the lost Franklin Expedition ships, pain-stakingly covering many hundreds of square kilometres of the Arctic seabed.

 

 

  • Throughout the various expeditions and searches for HMS Erebus and Terror, considerable data on the northern seafloor was gathered.  This knowledge will assist in northern naval operations with the pending introduction of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships.

 

  • National historic sites tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples. The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site will be the first cooperatively-managed national historic site in Nunavut.

 

640px-hms_terror_18372000px-king_william_island-svgSource: Parks Canada Agency

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