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HMS Terror found 170 years after going missing in search for Northwest Passage

Published 12/09/2016

Painting of HMS Erebus which was discovered in 2014
Painting of HMS Erebus which was discovered in 2014

The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during an expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found.

The Arctic Research Foundation said in Canada on Monday that the HMS Terror has been located.

Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels.

The wreck of the Erebus was found in 2014.

Sir John and 128 hand-picked officers and men had set out in 1846 to find the Northwest Passage, the long-sought shortcut to Asia that supposedly ran from the Atlantic to the Pacific by way of the harsh, ice-choked Arctic.

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