The discovery of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror provides an exceptional opportunity to shed light on the mystery surrounding the Franklin expedition. The mission of Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists is to study these shipwrecks lost in Arctic waters for over 170 years. During excavations, they record the context and position of artifacts and remains to understand their spatial organization, their use and how they were manufactured. Each object that is brought to the surface is photographed, analyzed and stabilized prior to being presented to the public.

Explore the gallery below to see a few of the artifacts recovered so far.

2018

Pitcher
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2018
Block sheave
1 of 3 recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2018
Artificial horizon roof
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2018
Nail
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2018
Block with shackle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2018
Fearnought
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2018
A brown and green cylindrical pin.
Belaying pin
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
April 2015 and September 2018

2014-15

Furniture leg
Recovered from HMS Erebus, in debris field
April 2015
Spindle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
April 2015
Hook block
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
April 2015
Deck illuminator
Recovered from HMS Erebus, in the debris field
April 2015
Stanchion
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2015
Bell
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on upper deck
September 2014
Dinner plate
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Bowl
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Wine glass
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Royal Marines button
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
April 2015
Royal Navy Officer’s Button
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Shoulder plate
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Belt buckle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Boot
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Ointment pot
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Pestle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Pharmaceutical bottle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
April 2015
A mass of corroded percussion caps cobbled together.
40 Percussion caps
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Sword hilt
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Preston patent illuminator
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
April 2015
Artificial horizon roof
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
April 2015
Scientific instrument
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
April 2015
Window glass
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2015
Cannon
Recovered from HMS Erebus, in debris field
April 2015
Ship's wheel
Recovered from HMS Erebus, in debris field
September 2015