Monday, 12 September 2016

HMS Terror found

After the earlier discovery of HMS Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin's long lost ships, it's now been announced that HMS Terror has been found. This has been one of the longest mysteries in Polar exploration, and it remains to be seen what may be found on or in the wreck.

Russell Potter, author of Finding Franklin: the Untold Story of a 165-Year Search, had this to say about the discovery of the HMS Terror:

“It’s hard to overestimate the significance of this new and magnificent find: the second ship of Sir John Franklin’s expedition, HMS “Terror,” has been found. Initial images show her to be in far better condition than her sister ship, the “Erebus” (found by Parks Canada searchers in 2014), with her hatches battened, her bowsprit still in place, and many of the glass panes in her captain’s cabin still intact, it’s enough to warm the heart of any marine archaeologist — or perhaps give them a heart attack! – certainly a discovery that exceeds anyone’s (mine included) wildest imaginings as to the vessel’s state of preservation.”


I like this tweet as well:

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