Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

John Franklin's Ship Found In The Arctic After 169 Years

The wreckage found on september 2014 in the arctic's Victoria Strait, is indeed that of the HMS Erebus, the ship in which the English explorer John Franklin sailed in 1845 by attempting to discover the Northwest Passage.

john-franklin-s-shipCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper proudly confirmed the identity of the ship Wednesday in the Commons. "I am delighted to confirm that we have identified one of the two ships of the Franklin Expedition. The confirmation was made by underwater archaeologists from Parks Canada, following a careful review of data and artifacts observed on the seabed of the Arctic Ocean using high resolution photographs, High definition video and multibeam sonar'' wrote the Prime Minister in a statement.

The wreckage of the Erebus seems well preserved. A sonar picture shows five meters of the ship sticking out of the sea floor in the bow and four meters at the stern. Some bridge structures are still intact, including the mast, which was broken by the ice when the ship sank in the icy waters of the Arctic.

The discovery of the wreck eleven meters deep in the Bay of Queen Maud, off the west coast of the Adelaide peninsula, was announced on September 7 2014, and we knew that it was one of two ships of the expedition, but have not yet determined with certainty whether it was Franklin main vessel HMS Erebus or the second ship HMS Terror.

The mystery remains as to what could have happened to Franklin and his crew of 129 people. The two ships of the Royal Navy had left Greenhithe, England, May 19, 1845 to find the Northwest Passage to reach the Pacific from the north. They were seen for the last time when they entered Baffin Bay in August. HMS Terror, a ship that had also served in the war of 1812, has never been located.

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First underwater video of one of Franklin's historic shipwrecks

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