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Cannon from HMS Erebus: Gun metal: typically an alloy of copper, tin, zinc, and lead (1812) Designed to fire a six-pound projectile, this “brass six-pounder” was listed among the three guns which sailed with HMS Erebus in 1845. It is in excellent condition and its many markings are surprisingly easy to read. The inscription “I&H King – 1812” reveals that it was cast by John and Henry King at the Royal Brass Foundry at Woolwich in 1812, while the inscription “6-0-8” indicates that the gun weighed a total of six hundredweight plus eight pounds or 680 pounds (309 kg) in total. © Parks Canada

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, has
announced $16.9 million over five years to support the ongoing investigation of the wrecks of HMS Erebus and the continuing search for HMS Terror, and for the development of multi-purpose infrastructure. The funding will also contribute to economic development in the Kitikmeot region, and create employment
opportunities in local Inuit communities.

The letters “GR” encircled by the motto “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE” topped by a crown is the cypher of King George III. © Parks Canada
The letters “GR” encircled by the motto “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE” topped by a crown is the cypher of King George III. © Parks Canada

The Government of Canada and Kitikmeot Inuit Association will work together to develop a Franklin visitor and field research centre in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, that will support the conservation, research and presentation of the Franklin Expedition’s history and artifacts.