Even as sea ice persisted across parts of the search area in the Arctic Ocean’s Victoria Strait, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society set out in late August to join the search for Sir John Franklin’s ships Erebus and Terror, lost in Canada’s North since the disastrous 1845 mission to find the Northwest Passage.

With Parks Canada, a host of other government agencies and the Arctic Research Foundation once again on the hunt for the vessels, the Society bolstered the annual mission by bringing together under its Expedition Flag the resources and expertise of One Ocean Expeditions, with its polar cruise ship the Voyager, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Shell Canada.

Despite challenging ice conditions, hopes were high that one or both of the wrecks would be found, as the wide search area included the last recorded location of Erebus and Terror — confirmed by a famous note, written by members of Franklin’s crew, who stashed it in a stone cairn on King William Island in 1848, where it was discovered in 1859.