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Old 08-29-2019, 03:45 PM   #1
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HMS Terror

Excellent tour of the fabled shipwreck from 1845. Unbelievably well preserved.

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Old 08-29-2019, 07:30 PM   #2
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That's a terrific video. It's amazing how the cold water keeps the ship so well preserved.

A little info, courtesy of Wikipedia:

"HMS Terror was a specialized warship and a newly developed bomb vessel constructed for the Royal Navy in 1813. She participated in several battles of the War of 1812, including the Battle of Baltimore with the bombardment of Fort McHenry. She was converted into a polar exploration ship two decades later, and participated in George Back's Arctic expedition of 1836–1837, the Ross expedition of 1839 to 1843, and Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to force the Northwest Passage in 1845, during which she was lost with all hands along with HMS Erebus."

I note that the article says she was lost with all hands. Given the way the rest of the ship has survived I wonder if they will come across any skeletal remains of the crew?
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Thanks for sharing that.
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I felt compelled to search the origin of the name of the other ship, and found this:
"Erebus was one of the primordial deities in Greek mythology, born out of the primeval void, Chaos. It was the personification of the deep darkness and shadows. Erebus was the brother of Gaea (earth), Tartarus (underworld), Eros (love), and Nyx (night)."
Why? There is a Mt. Erebus in the Antarctic,with which an Air New Zealand DC10 became very familiar, years ago, due to a route planning error and resulting disaster.
The state of preservation of HMS Terror(no search needed) is truly amazing.
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There was an AMC miniseries on the loss of these two ships last year, complete with a supernatural spirit-beast which was the last thing many of the “crew” ever saw. Well done but the emphasis was on drama—not for historical purists.
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Absolutely fascinating...though I wish someone had told the narrator how to pronounce "bowsprit" and "forecastle".

Thanks for sharing.
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