Parks Canada book on wreck of HMS Investigator features breathtaking
photos and award-winning writer
OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - An exciting new book on the sensational
story of discovery and intrigue in Canada's Arctic hit store shelves
today. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photos taken by Parks Canada
underwater archaeologists coupled with the story-telling authority of
Andrew Cohen make Lost Beneath the Ice - the story of HMS Investigator and its significance to early Arctic exploration - a unique account to
be treasured by Canadians and shared the world over.
Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa, Ontario and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's
Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada,
officially launched the 150-page book, which features the first-ever
photos of the historic vessel and text by Andrew Cohen, a best-selling
author and award-winning journalist.
"Our Government is committed to promoting Canada's Northern history by
preserving the heritage which unites us as Canadians," said Minister
Aglukkaq. "Parks Canada's exciting discovery of HMS Investigator in 2010 offers us unprecedented information on the early exploration of
Canada's North and the search for the North-West Passage."
"Lost Beneath the Ice will help current and future generations of Canadians better understand
and appreciate the important role that early northern exploration
played in shaping our nation and the important and continued influence
that the north has in defining Canadian culture," said Dr. Carrie.
When Sir John Franklin disappeared in the Arctic in the 1840s, the
British Admiralty launched the largest rescue mission in its history.
Among the search vessels was HMS Investigator, which left England in 1850 under the command of Captain Robert
McClure. While the ambitious McClure never found Franklin, he and his
crew were eventually credited with discovering the fabled Northwest
Illustrated with archival imagery and startling underwater photographs
of HMS Investigator and its artifacts, Lost Beneath the Ice also offers an elegant and authoritative account of Investigator's
incredible journey leading up to its eventual discovery.
Parks Canada's search for the historic shipwreck was a formidable
undertaking. Despite the challenges they faced, Marc-André Bernier,
Chief Underwater Archaeology Services, and his team were successful in
their pursuit, locating the missing vessel off the shores of Banks
Island in the Northwest Territories, just outside Aulavik National
"We were jubilant," said Mr. Bernier. "Not only was finding the wreckage
an incredibly exciting moment, but to find it in better condition than
expected, sitting upright, made one feel as if it had been mysteriously
waiting for us, all this time. It was surreal."
Published by Dundurn Press, Lost Beneath the Ice will be available November 19 in English and January 2014 in French.
Dundurn Press Publishes more than 100 books a year, including
award-winning adult and young adult fiction, mysteries, biographies,
business, and current affairs titles, as well as a wide range of
For more information, please visit: www.parkscanada.gc.ca
Image with caption: "The book offers a beautiful rendition of images of the crew from HMS Investigator with stunning photos of Parks Canada underwater archaeologists exploring the historic wreck. The text tells the story of HMS Investigator and its significance to early arctic exploration. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131119_C8745_PHOTO_EN_33553.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
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