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The Franklin Expedition

After more than 160 years of searching to understand the fate of English explorer Sir John Franklin’s fabled arctic voyage, the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition team located one of Franklin’s historic ships and thus solving one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries.

The Victoria Strait Expedition, which was led by Parks Canada, brought together the Government of Canada and an unprecedented number of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The combination of state-of-the-art technology with 19th century Inuit oral testimony led to the discovery of HMS Erebus of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition.

The Franklin Expedition ships, Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus and HMS Terror, are an important part of Canadian history, laying the foundations of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty nearly 200 years ago.

Explore this section to learn more about the doomed Franklin Expedition along with information about our partners and new insights associated with the discovery of HMS Erebus.

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Photos of the search and discoveries
 
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