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Canada releases pictures of world's most northerly shipwreck
Guardian (UK) ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | Suzanne Goldenberg

Posted on 05/01/2014 9:24:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

- Breadalbane sank in 1853 on search for Franklin expedition -

- Wooden three-master is well preserved in icy waters -

Canada has released underwater images of the world's most northernly shipwreck – a three-masted merchant ship that went down 161 years ago after becoming trapped in Arctic ice.

The Canadian Armed Forces and Parks Canada produced the footage over six days, lowering a remotely operated HD camera through a hole in the sea ice, to capture images of a barnacle-encrusted hull and anchor from the ocean floor.

“It's rare to have such a detailed view of a shipwreck from 1853,” Jonathan Moore, a senior underwater archaeologist for Parks Canada, said in a statement. “We anticipate more discoveries and insights as we pore over the collected information.”

The Breadalbane sank in the Barrow strait in August 1853, after becoming trapped in packed ice near Beechey Island in what is now Nunavut. The ship was a supply vessel for ships searching for traces of the doomed Franklin expedition.

Captain John Franklin was searching for a route through the Northwest passage when his ship also became icebound. The entire crew of 128 was lost.

The Breadalbane was the last and the largest of a series of ships sent out by the Royal Navy to discover Franklin's fate. It also got trapped in fast-moving Arctic ice, and sank within 15 minutes.

The 21 crew abandoned ship; all were eventually rescued. The Breadalbane remained undiscovered in 100 metres of water until 1980.

It has since been declared a national historic site in Canada.

(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: breadalbane; canada; franklinexpedition; godsgravesglyphs; unitedkingdom
The barnacle-encrusted hull of the supply ship Breadalbane is revealed in waters off Beechey Island. Photograph: Operation Nunalavit/Flickr

The barnacle-encrusted hull of the supply ship Breadalbane is revealed in waters off Beechey Island. Photograph: Operation Nunalavit/Flickr

1 posted on 05/01/2014 9:24:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
The current ship was lost while looking for the Franklin expedition.

2 posted on 05/01/2014 9:29:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

wow... the deep blue waters scare me... i find them even more mysterious than outer space...


3 posted on 05/01/2014 9:33:10 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow. Global warming trapping ships in the ice even back then.


4 posted on 05/01/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

Beat me to it! :)


5 posted on 05/01/2014 9:36:26 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nunuvut! A great place for a time-share resort.

LOL.

Home of my ancestors, BTW!


6 posted on 05/01/2014 9:39:00 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This is really interesting to me. These old ships, and their dire endings in the deep.

The other day I watched this fascinating video about the Flying Dutchman on Youtube. Extremely well done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNMgBxjegQc


7 posted on 05/01/2014 9:39:03 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv; Squawk 8888
Any gold on board? What are the GPS coordinates of this wreck? I'll be heading north in an hour....it's probably about a four day drive for me!
8 posted on 05/01/2014 9:43:39 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: left that other site
I worked a project for Resolute Island in Nunavut.

Amazingly that place is a tourist destination (okay, not for many).

When you are too far north for the Tundra to grow, you have gone too far.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 9:45:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Even the Inuit part of me hates the cold. So now I live in Florida!

My Beloved Daddy taught me Arctic Survival Skills though. It will help me in the coming ice Age! :-)


10 posted on 05/01/2014 9:49:20 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: thackney
Amazingly that place is a tourist destination (okay, not for many).

The north slope of Alaska is also a tourist destination.For some.

11 posted on 05/01/2014 9:51:18 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: SunkenCiv; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

12 posted on 05/01/2014 9:56:33 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Gay State Conservative

For me, I had to be paid to visit it.

I got to experience wind chill of -72°F and actual temps of -48°F.

I miss that work, just not the temps so much.


13 posted on 05/01/2014 9:57:24 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Gay State Conservative

By the way, I did the Resolute work from Alaska. It was far colder in Resolute with much tougher design criteria than the North Slope.


14 posted on 05/01/2014 9:58:20 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
How's the fishing? Would it be a good place to go for arctic char?
15 posted on 05/01/2014 9:59:18 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: kitchen

I doubt it. It is so cold that far north very little grows, and that would limit food sources for fish. Tundra would not grow there like it does on the Alaskan North Slope.

Might be some other factors that bring in the fish, I just don’t know.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 10:07:49 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SunkenCiv

Shivering timbers, Batman!


17 posted on 05/01/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: left that other site

“My Beloved Daddy taught me Arctic Survival Skills though. It will help me in the coming ice Age! :-)”

Well, when they fix global warming and the ice age ensues, and they have no backup plan, you should be ok.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Squawk 8888

cat-moose.jpg, 96kB

19 posted on 05/01/2014 10:34:22 AM PDT by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: SunkenCiv

In 1997 I wrote an instrumental on the Franklin Expedition as involving Adolphus Washington Greely. It’s called “Polar Patrol” and can be found on the recording “Transmogrified,” by Uncle Art.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 10:42:34 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I do NOT want another Ice Age!

I recommend that we all have more emissions to prevent such a catastrophe!

Quick! Eat More Beans!


21 posted on 05/01/2014 10:43:48 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: thackney

I did a mars society project on devon island in 2000. Winds kept us in resolute for a week. I put my American flag on the patio of the quonset hut hotel and the team celebrated the 4th of july drinking scotch and smoking cigars. Warm in the sun with just a single layer of clothes.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 11:04:40 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey
This was my project.

The Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radars
http://amisr.com/amisr/about/resolute-bay-isrs/

It was an interesting change for the oil/gas work. My company had done some work associated with the prior Poker Flats test project for the same technology.

http://amisr.com/amisr/about/about_pfisr/

When our construction group started making suggestions how to better design the equipment, we got hired for the big job.

23 posted on 05/01/2014 11:09:05 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“The secret lies with Charlotte”—National Treasure


24 posted on 05/01/2014 11:11:16 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: thackney
Thanks. I was thinking maybe you tried some fishing on your down time. Apparently, there is some opportunity for sea run char around Baffin Island. Just one of the salmonids I've dreamed about catching.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 1:12:03 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: thackney

You may have noticed Alert on that map, on the north end of Ellesmere Island. I believe that is the northern-most human settlement on the planet. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!


26 posted on 05/05/2014 9:01:41 AM PDT by oldweesie
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To: Gay State Conservative

Good luck finding a road (or roads) to drive on.


27 posted on 05/05/2014 9:14:08 AM PDT by oldweesie
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To: oldweesie
Good luck finding a road (or roads) to drive on.

Hate to break the news to ya,but....been there,got the gold,already have it sorted into neat piles. ;-)

28 posted on 05/05/2014 9:24:57 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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