This year, an archaeological team headed by Parks Canada unearthed 275 artifacts, along with new photos and survey data, from the wreck of HMS Erebus and HMS horrorknown as Expedition Franklin, Parks Canada he said in a press release earlier this month.
The latest excavations come nearly a decade after the shipwrecks were first discovered, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Due to the epidemic, the excavations were temporarily halted.
Franklin’s lost voyage began in 1845, when he Erebus and the horror He sailed from England in search of a Northwest Passage to Asia via a sea route through the North Pole. Commanded by Captain Sir John Franklin, the crew of 129 men and as many cows met rough weather and had to survive a year on the ice-covered ships. The situation became desperate and the surviving men abandoned ships, hoping to walk across the ice back to Western civilization. None of them worked.
Franklin’s wife urged the British Crown to send search parties. These attempts fail, though they find the note Franklin’s crew had left in a hold, announcing their intentions to abandon ships and that Franklin was dead.
In the years since, Franklin’s lost voyage has fueled numerous voyages by explorers, historians, and archaeologists, who hope to uncover the story of what happened to Franklin’s crew and ships.
In April, archaeologists from Parks Canada, Canada’s national park system, guardians, and Inuit members who oversee activities on their land, descended on an ice camp set up near HMS Erebus The wreck, which was deemed to be in a more fragile state than HMS horror. Due to weather restrictions, the team had only eleven days to survey and excavate the ship’s wreck, using specialized diving suits heated using warm water pumped from the surface.
Archaeologists managed to carry out 56 dives during which they excavated the second lieutenant’s cabin, third lieutenant’s cabin, and captain steward’s hold to varying degrees of completion. During these dives, they were able to uncover hundreds of items, including a sheet of paper, table setting, glasses, and epaulettes, according to CBC News.
According to a statement, the artifacts will be held jointly by the Inuit Heritage Trust and the Government of Canada. It has not been confirmed when the team will return to continue excavations on HMS Erebus Or back to HMS horror.