'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