The central mystery behind AMC’s new anthology drama series The Terror began more than 150 years ago, but is still perplexing people today. The HMS Terror — the real-life ship that’s been missing for more than a century, was found in an Arctic bay below Canada’s Queen Maud Gulfin last year. Scientific teams are currently exploring the site in hopes of solving one of the most enduring mysteries in Royal Navy history.
This week, The Washington Post discusses the shipwreck site of the HMS Terror, while CBC News reports on the Inuit role in the site’s study and preservation. Plus, Gizmodo writes about a new theory surrounding the sailors’ deaths. Read on for more:
• The shallow waters of Canada’s Queen Maud Gulf Region, where Sir James Franklin’s HMS Terror froze in the ice, is “largely unexplored and poorly charted — but it is growing busier, as sea ice recedes and ship traffic increases in the wake of climate change,” The Washington Post reports.
• Canada’s CBC News says the HMS Terror was discovered last year because of Inuit knowledge and now, at the site where the ship was found, “Inuit will play a key role in what promises to be a major archeological project.”
• Gizmodo says a new study asserts the HMS Terror’s sailors, who likely died of exposure and scurvy among other ailments, have “a new and unexpected cause of death: tuberculosis resulting in adrenal insufficiency, or Addison’s disease.”
• CBC News reports that “underwater archeologists are sorting out just how they will try to unlock the clues to the Franklin Expedition mystery that may be hidden” in the ship’s wreck.
• The Daily Mail calls the fates of the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus “a British seafaring mystery with such enduring fascination that even after 170 years of rumour, allegation and speculation, it still fires imaginations.”
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