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The Franklin Expedition

In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada's Arctic. The ships and crews vanished, prompting a massive search that continues to this day.

A breakthrough was made in September 2014 when an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. The Victoria Strait Expedition brought together the Government of Canada and public, private and non-profit organizations. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic discovery possible.

Explore this section to learn about Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Expedition. Follow the ongoing work of Parks Canada and our partners as we explore the wreck of HMS Erebus and continue the search for HMS Terror.

Breaking the Ice 2015: HMS Erebus Revealed

As part of OPERATION NUNALIVUT 2015, Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists and the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic will dive under the Arctic sea ice this April to study the wreck of HMS Erebus.

Join the divers as they unravel the mysteries surrounding the Franklin Expedition. 

Explore: Photos and Videos

Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Team and partners have recorded every step of the search for Franklin’s lost ships.

Take a look:

• Photo Collection
• Video Collection