Cambridge Bay, Canada is a great little town. It’s in the middle of nowhere and offers great conveniences like grocery stores (there’s 2!) and restaurants (also 2!). When we arrived late in the night we rafted up against an old tug, the next day we did the formal meet and greet with our new neighbors and it turns out they are the team that are trying to resurrect the sunken Maud.
Maud, named after Queen Maud of Norway, is a wooden ship built in 1916 for Amundsen’s attempt on the Northeast Passage. It took him six years to transit the passage (1918-1924) ending in Nome, Alaska. The Hudson Bay Company bought Maud in 1925 to be used as a supply vessel in the Arctic. In the winter of 1926 she was frozen in at Cambridge Bay and later sunk in 1930. Maud has been partially submerged ever since. In 2006 Norway bought Maud from the Hudson Bay Company and has since then been trying to raise her from her muddy grave.
We were lucky enough to meet the fellows working tirelessly to raise her. This is their second summer in Cambridge Bay trying to raise Maud with air bags and float her up on a barge. Come the middle of September they will leave their tug and Maud to refreeze in the Bay and fly home to Norway to await the thaw of next year. When successful they will haul Maud back to Norway via the Northwest Passage, Greenland and over to Norway. That is an adventure in itself.
Fingers crossed fellas, summer of 2016 will be your year!
Left Cambridge Bay August 26th, 2015