Historic artifacts recovered from wrecks of ill-fated Victorian expedition in the Arctic

October 3, 2018 – These are priceless artifacts recovered from one of the Royal Navy’s most famous – and ill-fated – expeditions. One hundred and 70 years after they were last above the waves, everyday items from the wreck of HMS Erebus were brought to the surface during the first of many annual expeditions to the wreck. Erebus and HMS Terror were lost during an attempt to find the fabled Northwest Passage – a route between the Atlantic and Pacific through the waters of northern Canada and the Arctic which…

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UK gifts historic shipwrecks to Canada

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK has officially gifted the historic Franklin Wrecks to the Canada. Ownership of the two shipwrecks, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, two of the most archaeologically important shipwrecks in the world, was formally transferred to the Canadian government with the signing of a Deed of Gift at a ceremony today. With this historic transfer, Inuit of Nunavut, who played a key role in their discovery, will also become joint owners of the wrecks and artefacts. The ceremony at the Canadian Museum of…

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Defence Secretary announces exceptional gift to Canada

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today that the UK will gift the wrecks from Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin’s historic expedition to the Canadian Government. This reflects our long shared history and the closeness of our current bilateral relationship. The journey to locate these vessels has taken 172 years. Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin set sail from England in 1845 on an expedition to chart the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The ships and all crew were lost after the ships became stuck in…

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