In 1845, Sir John Franklin, leading the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, set sail for the mythical Northwest Passage. When, three years later, the Admiralty hadn't heard back, they sent several dozen expeditions in the hopes of finding them. While the death of Franklin was eventually confirmed, the ships were never found until now. Just as impressive, considering how difficult the areas being searched are, it took Parks Canada only six years.
The sonar image shows some of the deck structures survived, Harris explained, pointing out the stubs of the masts which were apparently sheared away by the ice when it sank. Because the deck is relatively intact, the contents of the ship "should be very, very well-preserved."
The next step for the search team will be to take a look at what's inside.
In a statement, the prime minister said Franklin's expedition laid the foundations of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. He called the lost ships Canada's "only undiscovered national historical site."
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