Past Event - The Underwater Archaeology of the Franklin Shipwrecks

Chelsea Library - November 19, 2018

On Monday evening, November 19th GVHS president, Marc Cockburn welcomed back Chelsea resident Thierry Boyer, underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada to give an update on the finding of the second of the Franklin Expedition Ships, the HMS Terror found in September 2016. Marc noted that the Outaouais has the highest per capita number of underwater archaeologists in Canada -- 6 in total. Thierry gave a fascinating presentation to a captivated full house at the Larrimac Golf Club on how and where the second wreck was found and its condition, use of state-of-the-art technology in its discovery, along with some of the activities of the Parks Canada team to conduct a three-day preliminary dive to validate the finding of the wreckage. Thierry also gave an update on some of the ongoing archeological work on the HMS Erebus found in 2014.

The British HMS Erebus and Terror ships were part of the British mission to chart the Northwest Passage through the Arctic in the 1840s and it is believed the ships became trapped in the waters’ thick ice where all crew members perished. Canada recognizes the invaluable contributions of Inuit people in finding the two wrecks.

An interesting site to learn more: https://www.canadianmysteries.ca/…/fr…/home/homeIntro_en.htm

Thanks to Wayne Anderson for the photos.

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