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HMS Erebus Wreck Site Model

OPENS January 12, 2018 AND RUNS TO March 25, 2018

Arctic/Sub-Arctic Gallery

The first-ever scale model of the HMS Erebus wreck site is on loan from Parks Canada. This 1:40 scale model is the result of close collaboration between the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team and expert model maker Fred Werthman, and is based on the original ship plans as well as the detailed records from the current research.

The model depicts the wreck on the seabed as found in September 2014. It shows the hull, a portion of the debris field surrounding the wreck, accurate seabed topography and some marine life.

Many of the ship’s fittings and artifacts can be seen in this model just as they were found at the site: the bell, two cannons, four anchors, and the tiller. The model details part of the story of the 1845 Franklin Expedition and the ongoing research around the wreck. The three dimensional model offers details that also assist researchers in their work.