Last year, Canadian researchers discovered the wreck of the HMS Erebus in waters off of the coast of Nunavut, northwest of Hudson Bay. This shipwreck dates back to 1846, when it was trapped in ice, as its crew died off over the course of the following years.
It was part of the Franklin Expedition, led by Sir John Franklin and intended to discover a route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. While that find was historic, further discoveries seem to have spurred hope that another ship in the same expedition, the HMS Terror, will turn up.
According to the CBC, Parks Canada has overseen a new round of searching that has encompassed more than 300 miles of underwater territory. The work concluded on September 19 and yielded artifacts like an intricately detailed sword hilt and a cross belt plate.
In its final mission briefing on the mission, dated September 28, Parks Canada dubbed the latest work "successful and productive," despite the continued absence of the Terror. The organization's manager of Underwater Archaeology, Marc-André Bernier, explained how this effort may influence others in the future as the expedition continues.
"We now have a really solid understanding of the site that will allow us to develop the best strategy for future investigations," he said in the briefing. "The artifacts recovered are only a preview of the amazing things we will find inside the ship. This shipwreck never ceases to amaze us."
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