CHS and the 2014 Search for the Lost Franklin Expedition

On September 9, 2014, the Prime Minister of Canada announced that one of the two ships of the lost Franklin expedition had been located in Canada’s Arctic. This historic event in our nation’s history represents contributions of diverse skills, technologies and capabilities from a variety of organizations, from both the public and private sector. The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) played a leading role in this year’s project, as it has for a number of years. Working in close collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy, CHS installed portable multibeam systems on CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier and HMCS Kingston and also provided two multibeam sonar-equipped survey launches. A total of nine hydrographic staff from CHS offices in Burlington, Ontario and Mont-Joli, Québec have been working aboard the two ships, supported by other staff in CHS offices in Burlington and Ottawa. As well as contributing to the project team that successfully located one of the Franklin ships, CHS has used the opportunity to collect a remarkable amount of new bathymetric data in previously uncharted waters. This data will contribute significantly to improving Arctic navigation as CHS issues updated charts and publications.

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