Monday, August 11, 2014

Canada's Arctic Victoria Strait Expedition - 4 Ships Search for Franklin ships - 26 Aug-9 Sept 2014

4 ships are participating in Canada's arctic Victoria Strait Expedition - Search for Franklin ships - 26 Aug-9 Sept 2014.

Canadian Coast Guard ship                              CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Royal Canadian Navy  ship                               HMCS Kingston
Arctic  Research Foundation research vessel   Martin Bergmann 
One Ocean Expeditions ship                             One Ocean Voyager
On August 15, 2014 One Ocean Voyager will slip away from the pier in Halifax  with considerable fanfare. 
This is the location where the equipment and supplies for this very special expedition will be loaded on the vessel.

I will be checking for news during the VS Expedition - such as this twitter:

Below are some websites re the Victoria Strait Expedition:

Franklin search: Jim Balsillie, warship all part of largest effort yet to find lost ships
Parks Canada leading drive to find HMS Erebus and Terror in frigid waters of Canadian Arctic
by Janet Davison
CBC News
Posted: Aug 09, 2014 5:00 AM ET   Last Updated: Aug 09, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Jim Balsillie, the former chairman and co-chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, had kept his philanthropic involvement in the search under wraps for several years.
Recently, though, the Guelph, Ont.-based millionaire entrepreneur went public as leaders of the Parks Canada-led initiative sought to boost the profile of the multi-partner project they hope will shed more light on what happened to HMS Erebus and HMS Terror during the ill-fated polar expedition in the mid-1840s.

For Balsillie, the quest that is set to resume in Nunavut on Sunday is more than simply a bid to unravel the mystery of what happened to aging naval hero Sir John Franklin's effort to find the long-sought Northwest Passage, and the "horrors of how the journey ended" for the explorer and his crew of 128 men.

Rather, Balsillie sees it as a "fascinating story" of what was going on in the world at the time, with today's search reflecting a similar effort in modern-day nation-building.

"Canada is an Arctic country. We're a northern people, so really, this exploration to me is elemental and strategic to Canada as a nation," says Balsillie, who, along with Tim MacDonald, founded the Arctic Research Foundation, which refitted a fishing boat into the Martin Bergmann research vessel that is helping out in the search.

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