YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Canadian researchers who discovered a 19th century sailing ship say they’ll mount another expedition to find more ships despite some criticism of the cost.
A forecasts of winter-like weather sent the team who discovered the
155-year-old HMS Investigator heading home Monday, a day earlier than scheduled, to plan another arctic mission later this month, The National Post reported.
They hope to mount an effort to find the “Holy Grail” of marine archaeology, the ships Erebus and Terror from the ill fated Franklin expedition to chart the Northwest Passage.
The Investigator was on a rescue mission looking for the ships when it was trapped in the ice in 1854 and abandoned.
Some had criticized the $100,000 spent finding the Investigator, but researchers said it was more than worth it.
“I firmly believe they’re going to appreciate what we found here and I’m sure the public would want us to continue bringing these kind of discoveries to the public eye, not only the underwater sites but the land ones,” marine archaeologist Jon Moore said.
“Why wouldn’t they? It’s fascinating.”
Environment Minister Jim Prentice angrily refuted suggestions there was little taxpayer value for the effort.
“This was important history being discovered and the team of archaeologists at Mercy Bay are among the most talented, dynamic and committed Canadians I’ve ever met,” he said. “As long as I’m the minister, I intend to support them in any way I can.”
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