BBC News – Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

Sonar images clearly show one of Franklin’s ship on the sea floor in northern Canada

One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada’s prime minister says.

Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.

Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.

The expedition’s disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.

The Canadian government began searching for Franklin’s ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada’s sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, which has recently become accessible to shipping because of melting Arctic ice.

Expedition sonar images from the waters of Victoria Strait, just off King William Island, clearly show the wreckage of a ship on the ocean floor.

“I am delighted to announce that this year’s Victoria Strait expedition has…

via BBC News – Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found.

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