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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Abandoned 1854 ship found in Arctic

HMS Enterprise (1848) and HMS Investigator (1848) in the ice

(source of image:
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"The discovery of a British ship in Northern Canada is an "essential" part of Canada's Arctic
sovereignty, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice says."

"A Parks Canada research team has located the HMS Investigator, a vessel that has
 been trapped in ice in Mercy Bay, located in Aulavik National Park in the Northwest Territories."
"The Investigator was a British merchant ship and its crew, led by Robert McClure, is credited with discovering the Northwest Passage. It became trapped in ice in 1853 and hasn't moved since."

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HMS Investigator was a merchant ship purchased in 1848 to search for Sir John Franklin's
lost expedition. She made two voyages to the Arctic and had to be abandoned in 1853 after
becoming trapped in the ice. Built at Scott's of Greenock and running 422 tons, she was purchased
by the Admiralty in February 1848 and was fitted for Arctic exploration the Blackwall yard of Greens.

To read  a CBC news article about the finding of this ship please click on the following link:

CBC News - Technology & Science - Abandoned 1854 ship found in Arctic

It is interesting to note that according to a news article at:, "is a historic find and one
 that may help bolster Canadian claims to Arctic sovereignty." According to Mary Ormsby a
 a writer at

Parks Canada is going to map the
" virgin ocean floor" (around the  the HMS Investigator), "which may also bolster Canada’s
 push to assert sovereignty over its Arctic waters, a politically charged area with claims from countries including Russia and the United States."

I found this map which shows where the wreck of the HMS Investiagator was found
(look for the arrow in the map):image courtesy Google Maps:

Here is a video I found in which The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister responsible Parks Canada, 
 announces the discovery of the HMS Investigator:

source of video:

Here is another Government of Canada video I found which relates to this blog post of mine:

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.