Exploring the Franklin Shipwrecks: The Arctic Underwater Archaeology of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror
What was it like to be one of the first archaeologists to dive on both HMS Erebus and HMS Terror after their discovery in the Canadian Arctic in 2014 and 2016 respectively? Hear about it firsthand from Marc-André Bernier, head of Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology team, who led the search for the missing ships from Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Expedition.
Bernier has directed many notable projects including the excavation of the shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary, part of Sir William Phips’ fleet from Boston that besieged Quebec City in 1690, and the archaeological survey that led to the discovery of a World War II American plane in the St. Lawrence River. He was board Member of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology of which he is the former Chair and a member of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage.