The discovery of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror provides an exceptional opportunity to shed light on the mystery surrounding the Franklin expedition. The mission of Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologists is to work collaboratively with Inuit to study these shipwrecks lost in Arctic waters for over 170 years. During excavations, they record the context and position of artifacts and remains to understand their spatial organization, their use and how they were manufactured. Each object that is brought to the surface is photographed, shared with Nunavummiut, then brought to Parks Canada labs in the south for further analysis and stabilization prior to being presented to the wider public.

Explore the galleries below to see some of the artifacts recovered so far from the wreck of HMS Erebus.


2019

Epaulettes from officer’s uniform
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2019

ᐊᓐᓄᕌᖅ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑎ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᖓᑕ ᐃᓚᖓ
ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2019
Lead stamp

Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2019

ᐊᕿᑦᑐᖅ ᓴᕕᕋᔭᐅᔭᖅ ᓂᐱᐅᑎ ᑎᑎᖃᒧᑦ
ᐱᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2019
Sealing wax

Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2019

ᓂᐱᐅᑎ ᑎᑎᖃᒧᑦ

ᐱᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2019
Decanter/Eau de toilette bottle
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
August 2019

ᐊᓕᒍᖅ/ᖃᓘᑎ ᐅᐊᓇᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᖅ
ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᐋᒍᓯ 2019
Hairbrush
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2019

ᐃᓪᓚᐃᒍᑎ ᐱᔭᐅᔪᖅ
ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2019
Pencil case
Recovered from HMS Erebus, on lower deck
September 2019

ᑎᑎᕋᐅᑎᖃᕐᕕᒃ
ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐃᐅᕋᐸᔅ ᓇᑎᖓᓂ ᐊᑦᑎᖕᓂᖅᓴᒥᑦ ᐅᒥᐊᕐᔪᐊᑉ
ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 2019

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