Over one hundred and seventy years ago, Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing while searching for a Northwest Passage. Inuit living along the path of their travels were the last people to see them alive. Over time, Inuit traditional knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit) combined with new knowledge and modern technology, led to the discovery of the wreck sites of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Today, there is still much to learn from the story of these shipwrecks.


HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were lost during Sir John Franklin’s tragic 1845 expedition to chart Canada’s Northwest Passage. The lost vessels were sought for more than 160 years before they were located in 2014 and 2016.