HMS Enterprise (1848) and HMS Investigator (1848) in the ice
"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."
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:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07/28/graphic-hms-investigator/, "is a historic find and one
that may help bolster Canadian claims to Arctic sovereignty." According to Mary Ormsby a
a writer at thestar.com
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."
source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En5rL9WIhqc
Here is another Government of Canada video I found which relates to this blog post of mine: