Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Replica of HMS Erebus Bell Centrepiece of Franklin Expedition Exhibit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Replica of HMS Erebus Bell Centrepiece of Franklin Expedition Exhibit

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Replica of bell from HMS Erebus goes on show

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TORONTO - A 3D printed replica of the brass bell from the recently found Franklin expedition ship HMS Erebus is the centrepiece of an exhibit opened Thursday at the Royal Ontario Museum.

It is being showcased as part of the Franklin Outreach Project, a joint initiative between Parks Canada and the Toronto museum, that aims to share the story of the expedition with Canadians.

"The bell that was recovered from the ship requires extensive conservation and so the creation of a full-size 3D replica -- the only one in the world -- seems to us to be a great way to launch this project," said Janet Carding, the museum's director and CEO.

The two ships of the Franklin expedition and their crews, 129 members in all, disappeared during the 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage.

The Erebus, the vessel on which Sir John Franklin himself sailed, was discovered in September. So far, the location of the other ship, HMS Terror, remains a mystery. …

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