A MYSTERIOUS ICY GRAVE
In 1845, Sir John Franklin and his men sailed from England on HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, hopeful to find the final way through the Northwest Passage. Both ships were abandoned in 1848, and it was believed that the crews walked to their deaths across the Arctic pack ice.
In the decades that followed, search expeditions brought back relics, some written documents and sparse accounts from the Inuit giving only patchy information on the grim fate of the Franklin Expedition crews.
The fate of the crews, and the Erebus and the Terror, remained a mystery for more than 150 years.
RECENT DISCOVERY IN THE CANADIAN ARCTIC
The remarkable discoveries of HMS Erebus in 2014 and of HMS Terror in 2016, by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team, re-opened this ‘cold’ case.
Both wrecks are extremely well-preserved by the frigid waters of the Canadian Arctic, and now help tell the story of Franklin’s men in their doomed attempt to escape the Arctic.
SEE THE TRUTH COME TO THE SURFACE
Marc-André Bernier, head of Parks Canada’s Underwater Arcaheology team, will be giving a presentation showcasing the search efforts and findings following more than 250 hours of diving on the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in one of the world’s most challenging maritime environments.
YOUR Speaker: Marc-André Bernier
HEAD OF PARKS CANADA’S UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY TEAM
Marc-André Bernier is the Head of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology team for which he has worked since 1990. With this organization, he has worked all over Canada in numerous National Parks, Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites and has directed many notable projects including the excavation of the shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary, part of Sir William Phips’ fleet that besieged Quebec City in 1690, and the archaeological survey that led to the discovery of a World War II American plane in the St. Lawrence River.
He was of one the first archaeologists to dive on both HMS Erebus and HMS Terror after their discovery in the Canadian Arctic in 2014 and 2016 respectively.