Parks Canada underwater archaeologists will be exploring deeper inside the wreck of the HMS Erebus, and capturing images of the vessel’s steam engine (if possible). As for the HMS Terror, we will continue to analyze data from the Spring 2017 dive and plan future research.
The 2017 mission also involves preparations for future explorations of HMS Erebus, including an excavation of the ship. Because of the Arctic environment, this will be one of the most challenging underwater archaeological excavations ever conducted in Canada.
The discovery of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror would not have been possible without Inuit knowledge. Today, Parks Canada is working with the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee to develop an Inuit Guardians Program. Inuit Guardians will be posted at both wreck sites during periods with little ice to monitor the sites and report any unauthorized vessel traffic.