Week 3

August 29, 2015

Charting new territory

CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Using information previously gathered by the CHS, we anchored the Laurier last night near Erebus Bay at the edge of the known soundings.  From here, it is entirely uncharted.  Gannet and Kinglett were dispatched early this morning and tasked with charting a safe corridor for the Laurier to participate in the seabed surveying. The Investigator also headed out in the early morning to begin its surveys, while the Nunavut archaeologists spent a full day in Erebus Bay where they mapped and conducted new excavations at an Inuit site located a short distance from the place where a ship's boat from the Franklin expedition was discovered in 1859. This site contains a large number of artifacts resulting from the dismantling by Inuit of the ship's boat to acquire useful materials, particularly metal (iron and copper) and wood.

Twisted copper spike with wood from ship's boat attached. NgLj-3, Erebus Bay, King William Island. (Photo: Douglas Stenton, Government of Nunavut)

Morning temperatures remained above freezing, with mild winds of about 10 knots and clear skies. Ice conditions in the area were variable with smaller floes distributed across the waters until the early afternoon. We remained fixed in position throughout much of the day, although the anchor was raised briefly and the ship repositioned to avoid large floes moving through the area. 

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