HMS Erebus Bell Recovered As Divers Visit Site Of Legendary Franklin Expedition
The bell of the HMS Erebus, the recently re-discovered flagship of the doomed Franklin Expedition, has been brought to the surface, Parks Canada announced.
Footage released by the agency last week shows the bell lying on the upper deck of the ship near where it would have been hanging when the expedition set sail in 1845.
The deck itself is difficult to see in the footage since it’s covered with marine life. But the bell, made of brass, was lying on top of it, completely exposed.
The bell contains the “broad arrow,” which signifies that it was property of the British government, and the date 1845. That’s when the ship was outfitted for the expedition. The bell is being scanned for evidence of other marks or writing.
“The bell of HMS Erebus provides a tangible and compelling connection to the Franklin ships and is an important part of naval and Canadian history,” Leona Aglukkaq, minister of the environment, was quoted as saying in a Parks Canada press release. “The recovery of this important artifact is the crowning achievement for an incredibly successful 2014 search campaign that —> Read More Here