Monday, May 6, 2013

Northern Recovery

A project to return an arctic shipwreck to Norway has taken another step with acquisition of a tug.
The wooden 3 masted schooner Maud, built in 1917 was used by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. It was acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1926 and renamed Baymaud, then sank in Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island in the winter of 1930-31. It was abandoned there, and surprisingly a lot of its hull remains intact.
A group called "Bring the Maud Home" has a barge and a tug that they plan to use in refloating and repatriating the wreck.
The tug is the former Liverpool tug, built in 1967 as Alfred Lamey, becoming Coburg in 1970 after Lamey's was acquired by Alexandra Towing in 1968. In 1993 it was sold and has carried the names Mor (to 1997) then Argus. It has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 2000 and renamed FFS Khan Now it is called Tandberg Polar and looks a bit different from the photo above, with a rasied forecastle and new wheelhouse.

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