It's every seaman's dream! Last summer the Canadian Coast Guard ship Arctic exploration team found the HMS Erebus, one of the lost ships of the May 1845 Franklin Expedition. It was an overwhelming experience-the Franklin tale is the stuff of legend! Explorer Sir John Franklin left Greenhithe, England with 129 men aboard in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. The ships were seen entering Baffin Island area that August-then disappeared.
Our April 15 speaker is Stuart Aldridge Co-Captain of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier. He will be the Commanding Officer on duty during this summer's Arctic exploration. The expedition led by Parks Canada sets out from Victoria every summer, with the search for the Franklin ships being part of the itinerary each year since 2008.
Join us to hear exciting details and see photos about the incredible Erebus discovery, one of the most sought-after wrecks in the history of underwater archeology, and to learn about the on-going investigations by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier expedition team!
Refreshments will be available. Bring your own mug. Social time 7pm. Speaker presentation 7:30pm. As our General Meetings are open to the public and our presentation will take place in the Citadel sanctuary, there is space to bring friends and potential new members!