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Canada In photos: Pieces of the lost Franklin Expedition ship discovered

A ship from Sir. John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to discover the northwest passage has been found by the Victoria Straight Expedition.

Image of the heel of the davit. British Royal Navy broad arrows and the number 12 are visible near the base.

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View of the heel of the davit as first discovered.

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Canadian Coast Guard pilot Andrew Stirling holds the heel of the davit, the first evidence of a Franklin shipwreck found during the 2014 terrestrial surveys led by the Government of Nunavut.

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Archaeologist Douglas Stenton of the Government of Nunavut recovering a portion of the deck hawse plug.

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Close-up of the Royal Navy broad arrows stamped at the base of the davit heel. The number 12 is also visible.

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Frozen body, preserved in perma frost, one of the crew from the Franklin expedition.

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Frozen body, preserved in perma frost, one of the crew from the Franklin expedition.

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Print shows two ships, probably the Enterprise and the Investigator, ice bound in Baffin Bay off Devil's Point in the Arctic; the crews work to break up the ice and tow the ships to open water.(Printed by Day & Son). Illus. in: Ten coloured views taken during the Arctic expedition of Her Majesty's ships "Enterprise" and "Investigator," under the command of Captain Sir James C. Ross

Library of Congress/Library of Congress

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Second Franklin Search Expedition - Ships locked in ice, listed to its side, wintering in Barrow Strait, 1850-1851. Watercolour drawing by George Frederick McDougall.

George Frederick McDougall./Library and Archives Canada

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A sea floor scan reveals one of the missing ships from the Franklin Expedition in an image released in Ottawa on Tuesday September 9, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Parks Canada

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A sea floor scan reveals one of the missing ships from the Franklin Expedition in an image released in Ottawa on Tuesday September 9, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Parks Canada

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Skulls of members of the Franklin Expedition, discovered and buried by William Skinner and Paddy Gibson in 1945, at King William Island, N.W.T. (now Nunavut), are shown in this photo from the National Archives of Canada Collections.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Parks Canada's Ryan Harris explains the find from the Victoria Strait Expedition in Ottawa on Tuesday September 9, 2014. The PMO says one of the lost ships from Sir John Franklin's doomed Arctic expedition has been found.

SEAN KILPATRICK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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