Saturday, July 31, 2010
Canadian searchers have discovered the wreck of HMS Investigator, a three-masted 400-ton vessel which sank 155 years ago. It was the first ship to survive a transit of the Northwest Passage, even though that's not what it set out to do. The three-masted, 400-ton, 36-meter vessel is described as in very good condition, thanks to the cold Arctic waters. The ship's discovery, according to the government, reinforces Canada's territorial claims in the Arctic (This seems a bit odd, since there's no real dispute about where the vessel traveled (the crew was rescued), only where it sank.) In any event, archaeologists can't wait to explore the discovery further.