sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Amundsen's schooner finally to sail home
Amundsen's schooner finally to sail home

'Maud half submerged, as she lies today in Cambridge Bay in the north of Canada'    .

The Maud, schooner sailed by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the South Pole and who made famous forays sailing into the Northwest Passage, is finally to sail home. Currently she is 'resting', partially submerged, in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay in Canada but a group in Norway has set plans to retrieve the vessel from where she has rested since she sank in 1930.

With an estimated cost of $5-million to $6-million to raise the 300-tonne vessel, the feat, now scheduled for next summer, will be also a challenging technical one.

Maude now, being examined by a diver last year -  .. .  

' ‘There is no bad luck’ Amundsen used to say, ‘only good preparations,’ ' Jan Wanggaard, manager of the Maud Returns Home project, told the Globe and Mail. His team has completed plans to raise the Maud after spending several weeks in late-August at the site conducting final research. 'Of course, we’re expecting the unexpected as we try to raise the Maud. But I’m confident our plan will work.'

The Norwegians are hoping to make the Maud the centrepiece of a new museum built specifically for the ship. Mr. Wanggaard has taken small samples of wood to Norway, so that the experts can determine the best temperature and air-moisture conditions at which the ship must be kept to prevent future disintegration.

Named for Queen Maud of Norway, Norwegians believe the oak-hulled ship played a significant role in the building of the nation and its cultural history.
Maude - underwater shot as Norwegian divers examine her -  .. .  

Launched in 1916, it was designed for Mr. Amundsen’s voyage to the North Pole. Mr. Amundsen made his name as the first explorer to reach the South Pole. Although the Maud did not reach the North Pole, it still made a famous foray into the Northwest Passage, and its crew collected scientific data and took meteorological, geophysical and oceanographic measurements.

'It holds a really special place in our hearts,' Mr. Wanggaard said. 'But we know it also is important to the people in Cambridge Bay, who are used to seeing it every day.'

The ship had been left to deteriorate ever since it became lodged in the ice because Cambridge Bay does not have the technical expertise to save it, said the hamlet’s mayor Jeannie Ehaloak.

How she began - the Maud launching in 1917 -  .. .  

Abandoned by Mr. Amundsen after three failed attempts to reach the North Pole, it was purchased by the Hudson’s Bay Company and used as a floating machine shop, warehouse and wireless station. It issued the first regular winter weather reports for Canada’s Arctic coast. After developing a leak, it sank at its winter anchorage in Cambridge Bay 82 years ago.

Currently, only a small area of the ship’s starboard side is visible, while the rest sits on an angle on the seabed.

'I think the people accept it means more to Norwegians than to us,' Ms. Ehaloak said, who can see the wreck from her home. 'After all, we didn’t have any plans to raise it. If there was a boat out there that had something important to do with Inuit history, we would want it back, too.'

The Hudson’s Bay Company sold the ship for $1 in 1990 to Asker, a wealthy seaside suburb of Oslo, where the ship was built, with the expectation that she would be returned to the port. But the permit from the Canadian government expired while funds were being raised, and the Maud remained in her watery grave.

Maud in the Arctic - Amundsen was trying to reach the North Pole -  .. .  

Earlier this year, a private enterprise led by Mr. Wanggaard appealed to the federal government again for permission to retrieve the ship. While the state of Norway isn’t involved, the embassy in Ottawa presented an application on behalf of the private enterprise at the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board in March.

'The application had to be forwarded by a resident in Canada, so that’s how we got involved … to try and place this ship in the historical context of Norway’s heritage,' said Tobias Svenningsen, minister counsellor at the embassy.

'We have a long tradition of maritime exploration going back to the Viking age, but this was the only boat built for Amundsen and he oversaw its construction,' Mr. Svenningsen said.

While the part of the Maud that is exposed to the air all year seems nearly unchanged from pictures taken in the early 1990s, Mr. Wanggaard said the area submerged roughly two metres down is constantly exposed to tearing from the winter ice.

Maude trapped in the ice -  .. .  

Still, his team has confidence in the structural strength of the Maud because it hasn’t yet rotted underwater or been damaged by micro-organisms.

The team of 10, a mix of three divers and other engineering experts, will use air buoyancy to move the Maud, Mr. Wanggaard explained. She will then be guided 6,850 kilometres across the Northwest Passage and Atlantic Ocean by an ice-breaker tug back to the naval museum in Vollen, Norway.

As a token of thanks for the soon-to-be-gone Maud, the team built a cairn – a traditional Norwegian memorial made of rocks – next to the site.

'Definitely I will miss it,' said Ms. Ehaloak of the ship, adding, 'but the cairn is nice and it was very well received by the community.'


by Des Ryan

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101913

4:50 AM Mon 10 Sep 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

05 Sep 2012  In a Pickle - Gibraltar to get her own tall ship
04 Sep 2012  Tall ships celebrations - San Diego and Liverpool
27 Aug 2012  Sailing Maine on a Windjammer
21 Aug 2012  USA's 'Old Ironsides' sails again
18 Aug 2012  The most beautiful yachts in the most beautiful city- Saint Petersburg
25 Jun 2012  Once every ten years - the Opsail tall ships spectacle
22 Apr 2012  Mystery Chinese sailing junk is finally going home






News - USA and the World





























ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,








470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,


























2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4   
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems   
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious   
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4   
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories   
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate   
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing   
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Day 3 images by Sail-World.com   
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win   
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo   
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT