Flicka meets Ryan Harris

Tonight, while attending the special program entitled “The Franklin Expedition: Into the Deep” at the Royal Ontario Museum, Flicka met Ryan Harris, a Senior Underwater Archaeologist with Parks Canada.  Mr. Harris was the first person to see HMS Erebus on the deep water sonar monitor aboard the search vessel, and he was the first person to dive beneath the ocean to the HMS Erebus wreck site.

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(second image from http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/photos/gal03.aspx) and third image from http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/photos/gal02.aspx)

Ryan Harris is a Senior Underwater Archaeologist with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team.  Born in Calgary, Alberta, Ryan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Toronto and then studied at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina, where he graduated with his Masters in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology.  Working as an underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada since 1999, Ryan has taken part in more than 50 underwater archaeology projects throughout his career.

Between 2010-2014, Ryan directed both the underwater search for and exploration of the wreck of HMS Investigator and the archaeology survey to search for the Franklin vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.  Both of these projects took place in Canada’s Arctic archipelago.

Photos of the discovery of the HMS Erebus wreck site are available at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/photos/gal01.aspx.  These photos include the sonar photos!

Photos of Mr. Harris’s first dive to the HMS Erebus wreck site are available at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/photos/gal02.aspx.

When HMS Erebus was discovered, Mr. Harris briefed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!

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(photos from http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/franklin-diver-describes-discovering-towering-shipwreck-1.2037726)