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Wreck of HMS Terror discovered 170 years on

September 13, 2016 | Comment icon 12 comments

The entire crew of the HMS Terror died after becoming trapped in the ice. Image Credit: William Smyth R.N.
The mystery of a missing British explorer ship which disappeared in the Arctic in 1845 has been solved.
Under the command of Sir John Franklin, the HMS Terror had originally set out for the Arctic in an attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage, but when the ice turned out to be much thicker than expected the vessel became hopelessly stuck and all 129 men on board ultimately perished.

The final whereabouts of the wreckage had remained something of a mystery for over 170 years, but now The Arctic Research Foundation has revealed that the ship has finally been located 24 meters underwater off the coast of King William Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

The immaculately preserved wreckage was identified by a small remotely operated vehicle which entered the ship through a hatch and returned detailed images of its interior.
"We have successfully entered the mess hall, worked our way into a few cabins and found the food storage room with plates and one can on the shelves," said operations director Adrian Schimnowski.

"We spotted two wine bottles, tables and empty shelving. Found a desk with open drawers with something in the back corner of the drawer."

Another ship, the HMS Erebus, was also discovered in the same region around two years ago.

There are currently no plans however to raise either of the two vessels from the depths.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (12)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ganden 6 years ago
I remember reading 'Frozen in Time' when I was about 7 or 8. The images of those preserved corpses gave me nightmares. There was one in particular 'John Torrington' whom I found to be especially terrifying.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Codenwarra 6 years ago
I'd be ashamed to post a video like that. Most of the speakers are barely or not intelligible.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
So they found bodies of the crew?   I didn't realize that.   I'd never done much research on this though.   Sounds like this would be good movie material.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by unclefred 6 years ago
It's interesting that an Inuitt was able to pinpoint the position-not where it was expected. There has been a lot of dispute among researchers about the Inuit stories concerning the fate of the two ships.
Comment icon #7 Posted by hetrodoxly 6 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons 6 years ago
You do know that actors and full production crews are are not usually found on real research vessels in the Arctic friggin' Circle right?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Codenwarra 6 years ago
I am perfectly aware of that.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
Wow, thanks.   I think.    Pretty gruesome. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
It's hard to believe they died in the 1840s. it looks like they died just a few days ago.

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