Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt

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There is huge news today (September 13, 2016) involving history, archaeology and exploration–and the resolution of a mystery more than 150 years old! Researchers have found the remains of the HMS Terror, the famous British warship sent on a doomed expedition to the Arctic in the 1840s whose disappearance (with her crew) has been one of the great mysteries of all time. First Night History brings us this account, originally from the Guardian. It’s relevant to this blog because of a popular post I did three summers ago about the “ice mummies” of Beachey Island, Canada–the men found in the ice in 1984 were crew members of the Terror and its sister ship, the Erebus. This is really exciting news and anyone interested in history needs to be up to speed on it!

The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenge…

Source: Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt | World news | The Guardian

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