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Neptune, a Newfoundland dog who sailed on HMS Erebus

History

The animals of the Franklin Expedition

It wasn't just men who sailed into the Arctic's unrelenting grip in 1845

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EXCLUSIVE: Sneak peek at “The Terror” Episode 5

Watch an exclusive teaser clip from next Monday's episode of The Terror

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Louie Kamookak during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

People & Culture

Remembering Louie Kamookak

Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian

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Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

People & Culture

Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning

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Franklin expedition ship stuck in ice

History

Franklin fact and fiction collide in new television series ‘The Terror’

AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror

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A haunted Dr. Stephen Stanley (played by Alistair Petrie) prepares to set a horrible string of events in motion during what's meant to be a spirit-lifting carnival for the men of the Franklin Expedition. (Photo: Aidan Monaghan/AMC)

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 6

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition  

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2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

History

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Franklin find

An unabridged Q&A about historic significance, benefits to the north and what the future holds

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History

How the Franklin find affects Canada’s claims to the North Pole

Could the Franklin ship help Canada’s case? Not really, argues Michael Byers

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History

The importance of maritime archaeology in Canada

The Erebus site is stunning, but it’s far from Canada’s only fascinating wreck

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Image from the Voyager during this summer's Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Timelapse video: Victoria Strait search for the Franklin Expedition ships

A view of the Arctic ice that plagued this year’s search

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It’s Erebus!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper reveals identity of found Franklin ship during Question Period

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View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow

History

What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Plans for the still unidentified ship remain unclear

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The work table with finished parts, plans, tools, and materials for the construction of a model of the iron storage tank located in Terror's stern.

History

Building a scale model of HMS Terror

On condition of anonymity, Canadian Geographic photo editor Jessica Finn caught up with the man building Terror.

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Owen Beattie at his home in Edmonton

History

An interview with Owen Beattie

Insights from the man whose work helped haul the attempt to solve the Franklin mystery into the modern era

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Parks Canada’s Ryan Harris with a fin, one of the pieces of equipment divers will be using while exploring the Franklin wreck site

History

Equipment for underwater exploration at Franklin shipwreck

The gear divers are using to view the wreck

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The Victoria Strait expedition crew aboard CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

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Captain’s log: The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition comes to a close

One last day of diving and searching before the ships head south

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Parks Canada’s underwater archeologist team completes dive operations after a long day.

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Captain’s log: Today we dive

Briefs on a busy day of underwater archeology and associated work

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Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic

History

The Franklin Expedition’s ships: The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Franklin’s ships were hardened veterans of polar travel, and technological marvels of their age

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History

The hunt for the Franklin ships: Inuit testimony

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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Image captured by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showing two small cannons among the scattered timbers of the shipwreck

History

Divers hope to see Franklin wreck with their own eyes this week

High winds that have hampered underwater work forecast to lighten

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Preparation of the Martin Bergmann, before it set sail on the Victoria Strait Expedition

History

Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits a shoal – details

Aboard the RV Martin BergmannWhile searching the Queen Maud Gulf for signs of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, HMS Erebus and HMS…

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The Martin Bergmann

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Franklin search vessel Martin Bergmann hits shoal

No injuries reported as the ship returns to Cambridge Bay

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Captain Noon helms the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfird Laurier, seen here in mid August 2014 near Cambridge Bay.

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Captain’s log: Clear sailing

Continuing great conditions make for busy days

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Sunset in the southern search area

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Captain’s log: Beautiful day

More great weather means lots of action from the Laurier in the Victoria Strait Expedition

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Canadian Ice Survey from Sept. 1, 2014.

History

Decisions, decisions

Facing sea ice, the One Ocean Expedition Voyager search team debates how to access their ideal hunting grounds

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Scott Youngblut

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Captain’s log: A perfect day for work

Great conditions allow for plenty of action from the Laurier

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One Ocean Voyager alongside the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Captain’s log: Transit, transfers and tramping

Victoria Strait Expedition ships meet to refuel and restock

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Tyrone Burke

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Canadian Geographic writer on searching for Franklin

Tyrone Burke talks about his role in this summer's search and the challenges of looking for the Franklin ships

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Arctic fox photo

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Captain’s log: Photo ops and back to work

Great animal sightings and the official surveying resumes

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Pilot Andrew Stirling gives a briefing on helicopter operations aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

History

Captain’s log: Safety first

Fire drills, survival suit fittings and helicopter briefings greet new guests to the Laurier

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Crew from the Martin Bergmann pull their zodiac onto an island in the Queen Maud Gulf

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Looking for nautical clues on land

With poor conditions hampering the search on the water, Parks Canada archeologists take to the ground

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Captain’s log: A day of transition

A weather change, a mid-day launch and an upcoming rendezvous

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Photo: courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

History

Captain’s log: Long days

The short Arctic field season means taking advantage of every opportunity

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Preparing to offload the Canadian Hydrographic Service survey launch Gannet from the deck of the Laurier

History

Captain’s log: A Sunday tradition

A classic breakfast to help keep time, then back to work

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Helicopter and Coast Guard crew members landing to service navigation beacon.

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Captain’s log: Fogged in

Reduced visibility slows work, but only briefly

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A look at the ice in James Ross Strait

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Captain’s log: Into James Ross Strait

Work continues after passing through sea ice

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Great conditions greet the Victoria Strait Expedition team

Ice-free waters, nearly 24-hours of sunlight and placid conditions make for productive searching

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Captain’s log: A stop in Gjoa Haven

The exploration history of an Arctic hamlet

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Dr. Robert Park working with the LiDAR mapping system in Douglas Bay, Nunavut.

History

Captain’s log: Surveying the Arctic

New tools create maps of archaeological sites

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Photo courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

History

The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition hits the water

The search team launches its side-scan sonar near the waters where last year’s hunt ended

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The 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition sets course for its first search area

Discussing the potential challenges of the team’s tools en route to the hunt

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Start of 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition delayed by weather and other challenges

Search for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships faces unpredictable conditions

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Captain’s log: Captain Noon shares his first report from the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition

Introductory insights into the Canadian Coast Guard’s role in the search area

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Yves Bernard, a petty officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Diving Unit, and Ryan Harris, a senior marine archeologist with Parks Canada, raise the side-scan sonar.

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New tools will cover more ground in this year’s search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

Technology used to track down the lost ships

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Jim Balsillie

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New directions

Jim Balsillie, the co-founder of BlackBerry, has set his sights on a fresh challenge — finding the lost Franklin ships

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Looking out from the Canadian Coast Guard's CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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Finding Franklin

This summer’s Victoria Strait Expedition will bring cutting edge technology and unprecedented resources to the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition

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Photo courtesy Shell

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Exploration expertise: Shell Canada

Shell Canada lends its vast and long-standing experience in Arctic resource exploration to the 2014 expedition

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HMS Terror thrown up by the ice

History

The hunt for the Franklin ships

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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Boats from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

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The hunt for the Franklin ships: Point of abandonment

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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The hunt for the Franklin ships: drift theories

Exploring the three primary theories on the locations of Franklin’s missing ships

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The Franklin Expedition: The Searchers

From Franklin’s widow to 21st Century tech entrepreneurs, many have sought to find whatever remains of the Erebus and Terror

History

The Franklin Expedition

Even the leadership of a hardened northern explorer couldn’t save the Franklin Expedition

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People & Culture

PM’s northern tour

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Geiger, the chief executive officer of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Ryan…

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