Missing Ship Found After 150 Years

August 7th, 2010 - 7:02 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
imageAug 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of Canadian archeologists has been able to find the British ship that was abandoned by its crew back in 1853 when it got trapped in sea ice. The ship was located on Sunday with the help of sonar. The archeologists found the remains of HMS Investigator off the shores of Banks Island in the North West of the Arctic archipelago. It is lying about 11 meters from the surface reportedly and almost at the same place where the crew had abandoned it 157 years ago.

The Parks Canada team arrived at Mercy Bay on July 22 and was only able to use the sonar after three days of its arrival when the ice had cleared. However, once the ice was cleared, it took hardly 15 minutes for the crew to locate the ship. Parks Canada’s head of underwater archeology, Marc-Andre Bernier said to media sources that the ship “is standing upright in a very good condition”. He also added that the present discovery is of “utmost importance” as this is the ship “that sailed the last leg of the Northwest Passage”. It is standing in about 30 feet of water reportedly. On Tuesday, Environment Minister Jim Prentice sailed to the site and called the discovery an “incredible” one. An excited Jim Prentice maintained that peering into the water, one can actually see not only the outline of the ship but also the individual timbers of its.

The HMS Investigator had left a British port under the Command of Captain Robert McClure back in 1850 to find a missing ship led by Sir John Franklin. The crew however, got stuck in ice for three winters and finally abandoned it in 1853.

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