Giuseppe Valiante, QMI AGENCY
First posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:05 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 05:07 PM EDT
OTTAWA - Archeologists identified the Franklin Expedition ship found last month in Canada's Arctic as HMS Erebus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Wednesday.
A Parks Canada-led flotilla found the wreck 11 metres under the icy waters off Nunavut in early September. The news that Canada found one of the two famed ships from the 1845 Franklin Expedition made headlines around the world.
Franklin and his crew of more than 120 men perished in Canada's Arctic in the mid-1850s and the search for the remains of the crew and his two ships - HMS Terror and Erebus - became part of Canadian lore.
Searchers found the wreck around the Queen Maud Gulf, but the exact location is being kept secret to deter adventurers flocking to the site.
Archeologists have begun diving the wreck to catalogue its contents.
Canada's search flotilla included the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the Royal Canadian Navy and Shell Canada.
The search continues for HMS Terror.
This image provided September 10, 2014 by Parks Canada, shows a sonar view of one of two ill-fated ships lost more than 160-years-ago: Sir John Franklin. (AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / Parks Canada)
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