Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site
A timeline of Parks Canada’s multi-year mission to find the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.
Find out how HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were finally discovered after Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing in 1846.
Now that both shipwrecks have been found, Parks Canada and Inuit are working together to research, document and preserve them.
Explore photo galleries of artifacts recovered from the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site.
Find out how artifacts are transported, cleaned and treated to preserve their features and authenticity.
After Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing while searching for a Northwest Passage in the 1840s, Inuit shared stories and knowledge that helped the world better understand the Arctic and the fate of the Franklin ships and their crews. That same profound knowledge of history and the natural world – or Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit – combined with western science and the perseverance of a broad group of partners, led by Parks Canada and involving Inuit and the Government of Nunavut among many others, led to the discovery of the wreck of HMS Erebus in 2014 and then HMS Terror in 2016. These storied ships of the Franklin Expedition now comprise the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site – the first national historic site in Nunavut cooperatively managed with Inuit.
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