Mission Erebus and Terror 2015
Mission Erebus and Terror 2015, a passionate undertaking for One Ocean Expeditions
For the second consecutive year, polar cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) is contributing to the search for the long lost vessels of Sir John Franklin that were lost in the Northwest Passage 170 years ago. Mission Erebus and Terror 2015 is currently taking place in the Arctic as a follow up initiative to the Parks Canada led 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition when one of the expedition vessels, HMS Erebus, was successfully found.
This summer OOE has once again committed significant resources and logistical support to Parks Canada and the partners involved in this multi-year effort. They will host a Parks Canada Outreach Mentor and a Northern Intern onboard their expedition vessel, One Ocean Voyager, during a passenger transit of the Northwest Passage. In addition, OOE has facilitated the mobilization of research equipment for Mission Erebus and Terror 2015, including a remotely operated underwater vehicle and archaeological containers, as well as making a significant donation of fuel, often hard to obtain in the Arctic.
For the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition OOE’s vessel, One Ocean Voyager, supported the survey efforts acting as a platform for the work carried out by Arctic Explorer – an AUV/Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle.
One Ocean Expeditions’ Managing Director, Andrew Prossin, says “the significance of the Erebus find last summer is of great historical importance. One Ocean Expeditions will continue to be a proud supporter and contributor in educational programs and the development of exceptional Arctic cruise experiences for generations to come.”
The development of the internship was a remarkable fit with OOE’s commitment to support the ongoing development of tourism skills and expeditions management mentorship in Northern Communities. This joint partnership onboard the One Ocean Voyager has resulted in numerous benefits for many parties, “I shared the history of the Franklin Expedition and in return Leslie Qammaniq, the OOE intern from Pond Inlet, shared her culture and life as a Northerner. We both learnt a great deal and I believe the cruise passengers learnt even more!” said Tamara Tarasoff, Parks Canada Mentor.
Parks Canada’s underwater archaeologist, Charles Dagneau, was also onboard the Northwest Passage transit to share his experiences and to provide an update on the 2015 search efforts.
One Ocean Expeditions’ is a proud partner in its support and contributions towards increasing public awareness of the mission by transporting and displaying artifacts and historically significant displays and educational tools to Arctic communities this year.
For information on One Ocean Expeditions’ Arctic cruises visit: www.oneoceanexpeditions.com