The Wreck of HMS Erebus: Lost Ship of the Ill-Fated ‎Sir John Franklin Expedition of 1845

Presentation by Ryan Harris, Parks Canada Senior Underwater Archaeologist

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: HR MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

Cost: By Donation to the Vancouver Maritime Museum

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As a Franklin Network Museum partner, the Vancouver Maritime Museum invites the public to attend a special presentation by Ryan Harris, Senior Underwater Archaeologist with the Parks Canada Agency. Join us at the HR MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium for a first-hand perspective on the modern-day search for the Franklin Expedition.



RYAN HARRIS was born in Calgary, Alberta and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Toronto as well as a master’s in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University.

Ryan has worked as an underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada since 1999. He has taken part in more than 50 underwater archaeology projects throughout his career, including theWar of 1812 shipwrecks  Hamilton and Scourge, an American PBY-5A airplane in Longue-Pointe-de Mingan (Québec) and 16th-century whaling vessels in Red Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador). He has also participated in underwater archaeology projects in the United States and in Bermuda.

Since 2008, Ryan has been leading the remote-sensing operations for the archaeological survey in search of the missing 1845 Franklin Expedition vessels. He was one of the first people to see and dive on the long-lost HMS Erebus after its discovery in the Canadian Arctic in 2014.

This event is co-sponsored by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and Parks Canada as part of the Franklin Museum Network.