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OMG Eerubus or Terror!

Anouncement today from Canada that they have found one of Franklin's ships. They have been searching with side-on sonar since 2008. It took that long, but they have found one,on the ocean bottom, reasonably intoact. Not sure which yet.

Of course the ships were empy when they sank. The men had straggled off in groups, to die of any number of causes: lead poisoning, exposure, scurvy, exhaustion.

They never found what they were sent to look for. They never came home. But they are not forgotten.

Franklin bridged the Age of Sail with the age of actic exploration. He had been a signal midshipman on Bellorephon during Traflagar.

Anyway, here is the link:




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Sep. 9th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
This is, indeed, very exciting.

And later this month, a memorial to John Rae will be unveiled in Westminster Abbey.
Sep. 9th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
That's good news. It's high time that John Rae's contribution to Arctic exploration was commemorated.
Sep. 10th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Really? That's great, and what excellent (coincidental) timing.
Sep. 9th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
Just as interesting as the discovery itself is the debate that occurs in the comments section after the article. Seems people the world over always have something to argue about.
Sep. 9th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
I still can't quite believe this is real. I get the strangest feeling looking at these pictures...

When I read the news this morning the first person I thought of was Crozier, and the second person I thought of was you.
Sep. 10th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
I keep picturing teenage Franklin on Bellerophon working the signals and being scared and proud. (In my mind he looks a little like Wellard.)

They tried so hard to get home, and it all went so wrong.

They are going to send a robot camera down to the ship to have a look inside. Then, presumably we will know which ship it is. Not that it matters, really.
Sep. 10th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
AT LAST. And it was ... exactly where the Inuit said it would be (according to the CBC report). Wonder if the second one is soon to follow?

Edited at 2014-09-10 01:23 pm (UTC)
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