Government of Canada Receives Historic Gift of Franklin Shipwrecks from United Kingdom
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the United Kingdom for this exceptional gift of the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror and all yet-to-be discovered artifacts. Moving forward, we will work with the Inuit Heritage Trust to ensure these historic treasures are protected, and that the intriguing and expanding story of the Franklin Expedition continues to be shared with Canada and the world.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“We have deep historic links with Canada and this gift is testament to our prospering relationship. The story behind these vessels is both fascinating and incredibly important to the history of both our nations. The United Kingdom joined forces with the Canadian government and Inuit population to search for these ships for 172 years and I’m delighted they will now be protected for future generations.”
The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Defence, Government of United Kingdom
“The Inuit Heritage Trust is very pleased by today's historic gift from the United Kingdom. With this transfer, Inuit become joint owners of these important artifacts and we look forward to working with Parks Canada to conserve and present these important pieces of Inuit and Canada's history.”
Executive Director, Inuit Heritage Trust
“As Chair of the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee, I am very pleased with today's gift by the United Kingdom. Canada and Inuit will be joint owners of the artifacts going forward which provides a great opportunity for Inuit to be involved with, and guide, how the rest of the story unfolds.”
Chair, Franklin Interim Advisory Committee
The locations of the Franklin Expedition vessels had been a mystery for over 150 years, after Sir John Franklin and his crew went missing in 1847-1848 while searching for a Northwest Passage. HMS Erebus was located in 2014 and HMS Terror was located in 2016.
HMS Terror was recently added to the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site, ensuring legal protection for the wreck site under the Canada National Parks Act. The wreck of HMS Erebus was added to the National Historic Sites of Canada Order in 2015.
The Franklin Interim Advisory Committee, comprising Inuit members and representatives from the Government of Nunavut and the tourism industry, advises on the management of the wrecks.
The sites of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are not open to the public at this time and a permit is required to enter the protected areas; however, Parks Canada and the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee are working to develop visitor experience activities that support the long-term protection of both wreck sites.
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