HMS Erebus

Nunavut,Canada

HMS Erebus was laid down as a bomb vessel for the Royal Navy in Pembroke in 1824, and was launched two years later.  She was outfitted with two heavy mortars and ten guns. After two years in the Mediterranean, she was refitted as an exploration vessel in the Antarctic. She participated in the Ross Expedition in 1840, together with HMS Terror, and also in the Franklin expedition in 1845. Both ships got ice bound and abandoned Several expeditions were launched the following decades to shed light on the mystery of the ships and their crews.  The wreck was found in September 2014, tho the exact location was kept a secret. A restricted access at the wreck site is enforced by Canadian authorities.


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Erebus

105,0 x 29,0 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
715 displ ( std )
Wales ( UK ) 1826
( UK )


Picture: Painting of HMS Erebus & HMS Terror in New Zealand 1841
Painting by James Wilson Carmichael, Public domain



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Last updated: December 2020