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Nunavut Territories Historic Sites

Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site

In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. The ships and crews vanished, prompting a massive search that continues to this day.

A breakthrough was made in September 2014 when an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. This discovery lead to the creation of the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada.

 

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