Here is the image Parks Canada released:
|HMS EREBUS from Franklin Expedition|
The wreck is located in 50 feet of really cold water some 2,000 kilometers northwest of Toronto and is in amazingly good condition, preserved is it is by the very cold water which typically allows little growth of marine critters which can do serious damage to a wreck, especially during a period of 170 years.
So, what was Franklin doing out there? He was searching for the Northwest Passage, a short route to the Orient. He left England with 128 men and two ships (HMS Terror - yes, the one from Baltimore - and HMS Erebus) in 1845 and, when his ships got locked in the ice near King William Island, historians believe they abandoned them to walk to safety. Didn't work, and Inuit lore describes "starving white men" on the Royal Geographical Society Island. Dozens of rescue/search missions were launched, many of which also ended in disaster. Some of them actually found a Northwest Passage, but because of ice and generally horrible weather, the ones they found were unusable. The first successful "sea crossing" did not occur until Amundsen of Norway did it 1903-1906.
Needless to say, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society are very excited about the discovery and it is likely that further examination will be undertaken. Due to a fear of looters (though why in those waters someone would go pleasure diving is beyond me!) they did not disclose the exact location of the wreck.
Should more information surface (!) I will pass it on here.
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