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Erebus (Ship)


  • [Erebus at 378 tons and Terror at 331 tons were sturdily built and were outfitted with recent inventions. Steam engines were fitted in Erebus and Terror to drive a single screw in each vessel; these engines were former locomotives from the London & Croydon Railway. They enabled the ships to make 7.4 km/h (4 knots) on their own power. In 2014, a Canadian search team located the wreck of HMS Erebus west of O'Reilly Island, in the eastern portion of Queen Maud Gulf, in the waters of the Arctic archipelago. Finally, two years later in 2016, the HMS Terror wreck was found south of King William Island in pristine condition by the Arctic Research Foundation.]
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    • us: H.M.S. Erebus
    • us: HMS Erebus
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    • found: Ross, M. J. Ross in the Antarctic, c1982: t.p. (Her Majesty's ship Erebus)
    • found: Wikipedia, 15 September 2016: Franklin's lost expedition entry (Franklin's lost expedition was a British voyage of Arctic exploration led by Captain Sir John Franklin that departed England in 1845 aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. A Royal Navy officer and experienced explorer, Franklin had served on three previous Arctic expeditions, the latter two as commanding officer. His fourth and last, undertaken when he was 59, was meant to traverse the last unnavigated section of the Northwest Passage. After a few early fatalities, the two ships became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. The entire expedition, 129 men including Franklin, was lost.) {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin%27s_lost_expedition}
    • found: New York times, 14 September 2016, page A-6: Doomed Arctic explorer's ship is found (To solve a 168-year-old Arctic mystery, the Canadian government had spared no expense. Officials over the last several years used satellite and underwater imaging and deployed crews from the navy and coast guard along with scientists and researchers to search for the Terror, a British ship that vanished along with 129 crew members while trying to map the Northwest Passage. But in the end it was a tip from a local Inuit hunter that led to the apparent discovery of the Terror. The discovery, made on Sept. 3, comes two years after the Erebus, the other ship in the disastrous expedition led by the British explorer Sir John Franklin, was found.) {http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/world/americas/canada-franklin-arctic-hms-terror.html?_r=0}
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    • [Erebus at 378 tons and Terror at 331 tons were sturdily built and were outfitted with recent inventions. Steam engines were fitted in Erebus and Terror to drive a single screw in each vessel; these engines were former locomotives from the London & Croydon Railway. They enabled the ships to make 7.4 km/h (4 knots) on their own power. In 2014, a Canadian search team located the wreck of HMS Erebus west of O'Reilly Island, in the eastern portion of Queen Maud Gulf, in the waters of the Arctic archipelago. Finally, two years later in 2016, the HMS Terror wreck was found south of King William Island in pristine condition by the Arctic Research Foundation.]
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    • 1983-10-18: new
    • 2017-06-02: revised
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