SOURCE: Canadian Geographic Enterprises

Canadian Geographic Enterprises

November 04, 2014 09:53 ET

Canadian Geographic's Special Franklin Edition

The Inside Scoop on How the HMS Erebus Was Discovered

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 04, 2014) - The anticipation for more news about the amazing discovery of Franklin's ship is over. Today, Canadian newsstands will be sporting a special collector's edition of Canadian Geographic on Franklin and the successful 2014 Victoria Straight Expedition.

"We're responding to a flood of requests for more information about the discovery of HMS Erebus this summer," said Gilles Gagnier, Publisher of Canadian Geographic. "We reached out to Canada's top writers, explorers and Franklin experts about the discovery of Franklin's ship, and why this find is so important to Canada and the world."

Not since the discovery of the Titanic has the world been so enthralled with underwater archaeology. The Franklin story went viral, making headlines in 61 countries in 33 languages. 

This 'Made in Canada' maritime tale of the century features a forward by John Geiger, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Chief Executive Officer, and articles by: Parks Canada's dive team, who first laid eyes on the ship; Wade Davis, Canada's own Indiana Jones of exploration about the history behind the Franklin expedition; and an exclusive interview with Owen Beattie, the forensic archaeologist whose photo of the 138-year-old corpse of Leading Stoker John Torrington re-ignited international attention on the fate of the Franklin expedition. The magazine also features essays by Noah Richler and Ken McGoogan on the Franklin find's importance to Canada; the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq on the importance to the Inuit; Shelagh Grant on the find's impact on Arctic sovereignty, Joe MacInnis on what it means for exploration, and Douglas Stenton, the archaeologist whose work ultimately led the Expedition team to the lost ship will reflect on archeology and the North. There is also a Q and A with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"Our 2014 Franklin edition will give readers the most up-to-date information on the lost Franklin expedition and what was learned from the successful 2014 public-private partnership expedition," explained Gagnier. "Readers will be well prepared for the 2015 Franklin expedition that will further explore the HMS Erebus and potentially find the HMS Terror. This is just the beginning."

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Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Deborah Chapman
    Communications Manager 
    Telephone: (613) 613-745-4629 ext. 160
    Cell: (613) 299-8995
    Email: chapman@rcgs.org