Norwegians to document shipwreck’s last winter in Arctic Canada

The group will film the shipwreck's last winter in Nunavut. It has been sitting in shallow waters in Cambridge Bay for more than 80 years. (CBC)Roald Amundsen’s shipwreck has been partially under water in Cambridge Bay for 80 years

The Norwegian group looking to salvage the Maude is filming the shipwreck’s final winter in Canada’s eastern Arctic Nunavut territory.

The group has set up a tent in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, near where the wreck has been sitting in shallow water for about 80 years.

They want to capture images of the ship before beginning next year’s ambitious salvage operation.

The group Maud Returns Home was granted an export permit for the wreckage by the Canadian government earlier this year.

The Maud was once sailed by famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He used the Maud to attempt to cross the North Pole. Eventually, the ship was sold to the Hudson’s Bay Company and sank in 1930.

The Norwegian group plans to bring the Maud back to where it was built in Norway and put it on display.

They say the ship has been severely damaged over the years, but the oak wood still seems to be in prime condition.

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One thought on “Norwegians to document shipwreck’s last winter in Arctic Canada

  • Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 13:47

    Always very proud these Norwegians very good initiative.

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