Searching uncharted Arctic waters for Franklin’s lost ships


When modern-day Canadian explorers made what has been described as the discovery of the century by finding one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, defence scientists were honoured to be part of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition | Video Gallery

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