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Video: Canada discovers one of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition ships

A British exploration ship captained by a Banbridge-born sailor and abandoned on an ill-fated mission to travel through the fabled North West Passage has been discovered after almost 170 years. Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced that scientists have found one of the two ships lost on the Franklin Expedition in the Arctic Ocean off the far north of the country. The ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were abandoned by Sir John Franklin's scientific expedition in 1846 after becoming trapped in the polar ice. Credit: Prime Minister of Canada


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