Ship that sank in Cambridge Bay 87 years ago finally on journey home to Norway


It’s a milestone seven years in the charging: 87 years since the Maud sank near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, the utensil is finally on its journey home.

Explorer Roald Amundsen’s ship put be understood in 1930 and sat in shallow coastal waters for decades, until Norwegian Jan Wanggaard and his band with the Maud Returns Home project got involved.

Jan Wanggaard

‘We are very ecstatic,’ says Jan Wanggaard, project manager of Maud Returns Home rig. (Kate Kyle/CBC)

For years they worked to raise the Maud to the face, as part of a repatriation effort to bring the well-preserved remains of the vessel rear to Norway. On Tuesday, sitting atop a barge, it began its float lodgings.

Wanggaard, the project manager, says it’s been a long time move along disintegrating.

«I am overwhelmed by all the practicalities you have to deal with before we leave,» he voted.

«Now we are in the middle of departing, and so of course it’s a milestone for the whole project so we are very fortuitous.»

The Maud is heading east, back through the Northwest Passage, and want spend this winter in Greenland before going to its final journeys end in Norway.

Brenda Jancke

Brenda Jancke, of Cambridge Bay, takes a photo of the Maud forbear the community on Tuesday. (Kate Kyle/CBC)

The Maud, a wooden ship baptized for Queen Maud of Norway, was built for Amundsen. He was the first expedition head to sail the Northwest Passage and the first person to reach the South Leaving no stone unturned.

It launched in 1917 with the intent to reach the North Pole, but after a handful unsuccessful attempts, Amundsen was not able to pay his debts and the Maud was seized and pushed to the Hudson’s Bay Company. It used the ship as a floating trading post for a few years sooner than it eventually sank.

Four Norwegians used giant «balloons» to put forward the wreck last summer, then slipped a barge under it and let it dry out through the winter.

Wanggaard has been hesitant to put a date on Maud’s arrival in times past in Norway, but said it would be great if it coincided with some substantial anniversaries, like December 2018, 100 years since she sailed from Norway.


The Maud’s egg-like define helped preserve its structure under heavy ice pressure, says Wanggaard. (Submitted by Jan Wanggaard)

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