Military films sunken Franklin-era shipwreck
- On 26/04/2012
- In Parks & Protected Sites
The Canadian military is getting up close with a big piece of history.
Divers are sending remote operating vehicles under the sea ice to explore HMS Breadalbane, which is the most northerly known ship wreck.
The exercise is part of the military’s annual Operation Nunalivut which is underway near Resolute, Nunavut.
“It's the very first time we've been able put a remote operating vehicle, an ROV, through the ice, especially with the thickness that we have of 2.2 metres and 1.2 metres in some spots. But for us to cut a hole in the ice and put an ROV through - we've never done that before.
And we thought, while we're up here trying, if we were successful, we might as well do something useful for other departments,” said Chief Petty Officer Cameron Jones.
The ship is now a National Historic Site.