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'Most important shipwreck in history' found in Arctic

It is one of the most amazing stories of Arctic history, a tale of incredible determination and suffering aboard a ship captained by a fearless Irish adventurer.

Now, 155 years after she was abandoned by Wexford captain Robert McClure while discovering the Arctic's North-West passage, the almost complete wreck of the HMS Investigator has been found.

The discovery on July 25 by a team of Canadian marine archaeologists led one to declare: “In anthropological terms, this is the most important shipwreck in history.”

Ryan Harris, who revealed the wreck was discovered during a sonar scan of the water, added: “It's a bit like finding a Columbus ship in the Arctic.”

The ship had been on a mission to find two other vessels

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