In an assortment of Canadian government, private, and nonprofit agencies launched a mission to uncover additional archaeological evidence of the Franklin expedition. That search bore fruit in September , when a remotely operated submersible obtained sonar images of a wreck that was later identified as the Erebus on the ocean floor just off King William Island.
Two years later the wreck of the Terror was found in Terror Bay, approximately 60 miles km north of the Erebus site. In addition, most of its hatches had been battened down, suggesting that the crew had prepared the ship for winter before departing. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.
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