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Bloomberg By Greg Quinn Oct 1, 2014 2:30 PM CT
Sir John Franklin’s own ship HMS Erebus from his failed 1845 Arctic expedition was identified today as the vessel that Canadian searchers discovered last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
“I am delighted to confirm that we have identified which ship from the Franklin expedition has been found,” Harper told the House of Commons today in Ottawa. “It is, in fact, the HMS Erebus.” He didn’t elaborate on how the identification was made.
Canadian officials said Sept. 9 they discovered one of the two sunken British ships about 11 meters (36 feet) below the surface in Queen Maud Gulf, off the Nunavut mainland, about 3,000 kilometers
(1,800 miles) northwest of Toronto. The other ship that disappeared on the expedition, HMS Terror, remains missing.
Franklin's lost expedition
In 1981, a team of scientists led by Owen Beattie, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alberta, began a series of scientific studies of the graves, bodies, and other physical evidence left by
Franklin crew members on Beechey Island and King William Island. They concluded that the crew members whose graves had been found on Beechey Island most likely died of pneumonia and perhaps tuberculosis and that lead poisoning may have worsened their health, owing to badly soldered cans held in the ships' food stores.
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