Oct 30, 2017
By Andy Johnson
Erebus and Terror, with 129 men aboard, left Britain in May of 1845 under Franklin’s command. They disappeared trying to plot an Arctic link between the Atlantic and Pacific. None survived. Their disappearance marked the worst tragedy in the history of Arctic exploration.
Erebus was located in Victoria Strait in 2014. Terror was found well-preserved two years later in a bay off nearby King William Island.
The two shipwrecks have been designated Canadian historic sites. Parks Canada plans a major excavation of the Erebus next summer.