Ryan Harris, Parks Canada Senior Underwater Archaeologist, travels on a Zodiac to the Martin Bergmann from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The Zodiac is a workhorse for the underwater archaeology team, used to transfer passengers from shore to the Martin Bergmann, as well as to transfer the team and its gear from the Martin Bergmann to the wreck site.
Loaded with equipment and supplies at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, the Martin Bergmann begins its journey to the wreck site. Here, Marc-Andre Bernier, Manager, Underwater Archaeology Team, Theoran Kopak, Parks Canada Research Intern, and Fillipo Ronca, Parks Canada Senior Underwater Archaeologist, discuss their next steps. The town of Cambridge Bay is just barely visible in the background.
Here is the marine biology pilot project team taking part in the first leg of Mission Erebus and Terror 2015. The objective this year is to do a preliminary inventory of marine life on and near the wreck of HMS Erebus. From left to right: Lisa Treau de Coeli, Research Assistant (ArcticNet, benthic ecology lab of Dr. Philippe Archambault, Université du Québec at Rimouski), Marc-André Bernier, Theoran Kopak, and Nadia Ménard, Ecologist, Chief of team, Saguenay—Saint-Lawrence Marine Park.
While travelling to the wreck site on the Martin Bergmann, the marine biology pilot project team meets to discuss exactly how the marine samples will be collected.
The pilot project team received some very special visitors on board the Martin Bergmann. On the Zodiac, driven by Theoran Kopak, are Louie Kamookak, a Gjoa Haven Inuit historian (right), Ellen Bertrand, Director of Strategic Partnering with Parks Canada, and Jacob Keanik, Chair of the Nattilik Heritage Society (left). This visit was a very special one in many ways. Not only was it the first visit to the wreck site for these residents of Gjoa Haven, but in addition, Louie performed a traditional blessing to honour his ancestors and the men of the Franklin Expedition who lost their lives in this region.