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In July 2011, a team of researchers from Parks Canada explored the recently discovered wreck of HMS Investigator, a polar ship that was lost in 1853 while on a rescue mission in the Northwest Passage. The video here, taken by Parks Canada, shows the researchers establishing their camp (all supplies were brought in by helicopter), taking a Zodiac boat out into icy Mercy Bay, and diving on the wreck. The divers can be seen exploring the ship's bow, measuring around the sternpost, and recovering a double-sheave pulley from the ship's rigging.

Read "Saga of the Northwest Passage" to learn more about their expedition and discoveries.

featureFeature: Saga of the Northwest Passage

slideshowSlideshow: An Arctic Expedition in Watercolor