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Divers Recover More Than 350 Artifacts From the HMS ‘Erebus’ Shipwreck
by Megan Gannon/Smithsonianmag.com
Braving water temperatures that dipped below freezing, divers spent nearly four weeks off the coast of Nunavut in northern Canada last summer exploring the HMS Erebus. The ship sank during the doomed Franklin Expedition of the 1840s, when British naval captain Sir John Franklin and his crew searched for the Northwest Passage.
This week, the team unveiled more than 350 artifacts they recovered from just a small area of the wreck. Among the objects brought to the surface were kitchen wares, wine bottles, a wax seal with a fingerprint, and a hairbrush with hair strands that could contain clues about the fate of Arctic explorer John Franklin and his crew.
“We have had the most successful season since the discovery of the wreck,” Marc-André Bernier, manager of Parks Canada’s underwater archeology team, told reporters in a press conference Friday. “The preservation of the objects is quite phenomenal.”
The final days of the Franklin Expedition have been shrouded in mystery for nearly two centuries. In May 1845, Franklin and his 128 crew members set sail on HMS Erebus and HMS Terror from England on a quest to find the sea route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific through the Arctic Ocean. Read More: