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(CBC)   Robotic 'shark' to prowl Arctic for lost Franklin ships   (cbc.ca) divider line 17
    More: Cool, Sir John Franklin, arctic, autonomous underwater vehicles, Parks Canada, University of Victoria, Northwest Passage, electrical conductivity, shipwrecks  
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2012-08-28 01:20:12 AM
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2012-08-28 01:30:54 AM
This won't end well:

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2012-08-28 01:55:37 AM
We're gonna need a sunken boat...
 
2012-08-28 02:22:51 AM
Came for the Dan Simmons reference.

/Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-08-28 03:07:47 AM
I thought eyewitness accounts from way back when said both of those ships were grounded on ice.
 
2012-08-28 03:23:14 AM

Whitey Bear: I thought eyewitness accounts from way back when said both of those ships were grounded on ice.


I'm betting they were broken apart for firewood and other essentials by these same witnesses.
 
2012-08-28 04:08:57 AM
did someone call Ben Gates?
 
2012-08-28 04:59:46 AM

Whitey Bear: I thought eyewitness accounts from way back when said both of those ships were grounded on ice.


They were but the NW passage is now free of ice for part of the year. The area the shark was launched in was all ice a couple weeks ago. If they do find the ships they will be remarkably preserved due to the extreme conditions found in the arctic. I'm really hoping they succeed here. Previous searches for these ships lead to the mapping of the far north for the first time and thus they are a significant part of Canadian history.
 
2012-08-28 05:36:48 AM
Why?
 
2012-08-28 06:00:27 AM
CSB:
When I was in Yellowknife for two weeks for work back in 04 we had a day off and went to their museum. They had two of the tomb markers (they aren't really tombstones since they are wood) on display. I think they were from the two that had been dug up and featured in National Geographic magazine way back. Interesting place.
 
2012-08-28 06:49:40 AM
Man, The Terror is one farking great book. Scary as hell. I actually had to stop reading it a couple of times when I was alone in the house. Never done that since I was a kid.
 
2012-08-28 07:48:38 AM
So maybe they will find the hand of Franklin, reaching for the Beaufort sea?
 
2012-08-28 08:37:39 AM
Will it have frickin' laser beams attached to it's head?
 
2012-08-28 08:41:43 AM
Are we sure its not a cover up to find the Cap?
 
2012-08-28 09:12:14 AM
I just hope this robotic shark doesn't encounter the robotic surfer that is studying sharks. (Link)

On second thought, I'll bet I could sell that idea to SyFy. Roboshark vs Surfbot
 
2012-08-28 10:27:56 AM

Suede head: Man, The Terror is one farking great book. Scary as hell. I actually had to stop reading it a couple of times when I was alone in the house. Never done that since I was a kid.


My two favorite creepy parts are the guy's point of view when he hears "saplings" snapping and he thinks, "huh, there aren't any trees around here..." and it was actually the you-know-what biting his legs off. I also was impressed (creepily) by another guy's perspective when he had botulism and was so desperate to not be left behind, he was crawling with his chin across the ice. Yikes.

I wish it had a slightly different ending though. It's like Simmons was trying to pack a little too much into one book, i.e. environmentism, spiritualism, etc. I kept waiting for them to just blow the thing up with the rum. Interestingly, that would now explain why that haven't found one of the ships yet.
 
2012-08-28 12:20:54 PM
Will it sing?
 
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