QINSy & Qimera Onboard "Investigator"
Parks Canada returned to the Arctic in the summer of 2015 to continue unraveling the mysteries surrounding the 1845 Franklin Expedition. With the support of many partners the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team resumed its work.
One team continued the archaeological investigation of the wreck of HMS Erebus, and efforts were productive and successful.
A second team, including the Survey Vessel “Investigator” outfitted with QPS QINSy and Qimera and R2Sonic's Multibeam Echosounder Sonic 2024-UHR continued to search for HMS Terror and, after two weeks of intensive work, the location remains a mystery. However, thanks to this mission, improvements were made in the areas of marine security, navigation, and search and rescue in the Canadian North.
About Parks Canada
Parks Canada protects and manages nationally significant examples of this country's natural and cultural heritage, and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. As an international leader in underwater archaeology, Parks Canada is well positioned to showcase how new technologies can be used to locate and analyze shipwrecks to bring part of the story of the Franklin Expedition to life. In 1992, Canada designated the location of Franklin's ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, as a national historic site.
Ryan Harris of Parks Canada at the sonar controls of survey vessel "Investigator"
After a 14-hour day of survey work, the deck crew of the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier refuels the RV Investigator.
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