Underwater Archaeology - Franklin’s Lost Ships

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Thursday 13 July, 10.00am to 11.00am
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National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre
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In 1845, John Franklin sailed from England with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, looking for the North-West Passage.

Both ships were abandoned in 1848 and the crews walked to their deaths across the Arctic. In the decades that followed, searches found relics of the expedition and documents detailing its grim fate, but the final resting places of the ships remained a mystery – until recently.
The discovery of both ships, HMS Erebus in 2014 and HMS Terror in 2016 following a collaborative search effort led by Parks Canada, is providing archaeologists with an unprecedented opportunity to recover information that will shed new light on the Franklin expedition.
Three underwater archaeology expeditions since the discovery have allowed archaeologists to have a first look at this formidable shipwreck and to prepare for one of the most challenging underwater archaeology projects to ever be conducted.
Marc-André Bernier, Manager of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team will present the shipwreck of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror and explain the challenges the underwater archaeologists will face when they start the study of these unique sites.

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The talk takes place in the Lecture Theatre at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich