TORONTO (AP) – Canadian archeologists have found a ship abandoned more than 150 years ago in the quest for the fabled Northwest Passage and which was lost in the search for the doomed expedition of Sir John Franklin.
Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada’s head of underwater archaeology, said Wednesday the HMS Investigator, abandoned in the ice in 1853, was found in shallow water in Mercy Bay along the northern coast of Banks Island in Canada’s western Arctic.
The Investigator was one of many American and British ships sent out to search for the HMS Erebus and the Terror, vessels commanded by Franklin in his ill-fated search for the Northwest Passage in 1845.
The Investigator sailed the last leg of the Northwest Passage.
Bernier says the Investigator is standing upright in very good condition.