Franklin Expedition News

15 Sep 2016

Second Ship Found from Doomed 1800s Arctic Expedition

1836 watercolor painting by Admiral Sir George Back, then in command of the HMS Terror on a voyage to Hudson’s Bay, shows the ship and one of her boats beside an iceberg. (Courtesy: Canadian Museum of Civilization / Parks Canada)

Explorers have found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous 1845 Franklin expedition to Canada's Arctic Northwest Passage, Britain's Guardian newspaper said on Monday. The Arctic Research Foundation, a private group that sent a vessel to help look for the ship, found it in pristine condition at the bottom of a bay earlier this month, a spokesman told the paper. Sir John Franklin and his 128-member crew in the Terror and HMS Erebus all died…

11 Aug 2016

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN. Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards, laptops and CNC milling machines. The labs come in two models. One has wheels, battery power, solar panels on its roof and 200 square feet of space, which can hold 8 to 15 students comfortably. "We can drive it to customers and set it up anywhere outside…

07 Nov 2014

Bell Recovered from Wreck of HMS Erebus

The detached ship’s bell of HMS Erebus as found on the deck next to the windlass. Note the embossed ‘broad arrow’ British government property mark, and the embossed date 1845. (© Parks Canada / Thierry Boyer)

The ship's bell recovered from the recently discovered Franklin Expedition shipwreck, HMS Erebus, was unveiled by the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The artifact was recovered during dives and archaeological investigation by Parks Canada's underwater archaeology team in September. The bell was found on the deck adjacent to the ship's displaced windlass (a form of anchor winch), above which it was originally mounted. Since then, the bell has been undergoing conservation stabilization and additional research.

03 Oct 2014

Discovered Franklin Expedition Ship is HMS Erebus

HMS Erebus (Image: Parks Canada)

The Franklin Expedition ship discovered in early September by the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition is Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Erebus. Sir John Franklin, who was in command of the Franklin Expedition, sailed on HMS Erebus, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday. On May 19, 1845, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror of the Royal Navy departed Greenhithe, England, on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. Under the command of Sir John Franklin…

10 Sep 2014

Elusive Franklin Expedition Ship Found at Last

 Franklin ship: Image courtesy of Parks Canada

After more than 160 years of searching to understand the fate of English explorer Sir John Franklin’s fabled arctic voyage, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a Canadian team has located one of Franklin’s historic ships and solved one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries, informs Parks Canada. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition's disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration.

23 Jun 2014

Canada Announces Franklin Search, 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition:

Icebergs: Photo Canadian Govt.

The Govermnent of Canada announces that with an unprecedented number of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors it will partner together, using state-of-the-art technology, to locate the historic ships of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition. The 2014 Franklin Expedition will also have the added benefit of furthering our knowledge in a number of priority areas, including through the collection of important scientific information about Canada's most remote region.

23 May 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 23

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 23 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

23 May 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 23

USS Squalus (SS-192) Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 23 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Postsmouth, NH, with loss of 26 lives. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.

23 May 2012

This Day in Naval History - May 23

From the Navy News Service:   1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS 92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives. 1962 - Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter who completed three orbits in four hours, 56 minutes, at an altitude up to 166.8 statute miles at 17,549 mph. 1962 - USS Valcour (AVP 55) provides medical care to a merchant seaman from tanker SS Manhattan in the Persian Gulf.   For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at http://www.history.navy.mil.

23 May 2008

This Day in Naval History - May 23

From the Navy News Service 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in . 1939 - USS Squalus (SS 92) sinks off , with loss of 26 lives. 1962 - Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter who completed three orbits in four hours, 56 minutes, at an altitude up to 166.8 statute miles at 17,549 mph. 1962 - USS Valcour (AVP 55) provides medical care to a merchant seaman from tanker SS Manhattan in the Persian Gulf.

23 May 2005

This Day in Naval History

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. 1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade. 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, May 22-23. 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN 589) is lost with all hands.

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