Fabled Franklin Arctic Ship Found

One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada’s prime minister says.

Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.

Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.

The expedition’s disappearance shortly after, became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.

The loss of HMS “Erebus” and HMS “Terror” prompted one of largest searches in history, running from 1848 to 1859.

The search resulted in the discovery of the Northwest Passage, which runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Arctic archipelago.

A team of Canadian divers and archaeologists has been trying to find the ships since 2008.

BBC

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