Monday, September 15, 2014

British explorer ship found in Canadian arctic

The HMS Erebus was one of two ships (the other being the HMS Terror- what a name!) sent to chart the NW Passage of the Canadian arctic in 1845. Both became stuck in the ice off King William Island. While some of the crew made it to land, everyone perished. Some bodies and equipment were found. Those that lasted longest had resorted to cannibalism.  The UK has searched for both vessels. Recent surveys found a ship in the Victoria Strait. Which ship it is remains to be determined. Researchers hope if one ship is there that the other is nearby. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-29167231

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