News from The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - —Sab­rina Doyle

In the his­toric port of Syd­ney, N.S., on July 31, on the cusp of its 10th an­niver­sary, One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions an­nounced it was ex­pand­ing its fleet with a ship whose name res­onates with Arc­tic ex­plo­ration his­tory. The ad­ven­ture cruise op­er­a­tor’s new ves­sel, RCGS Res­o­lute, is pur­pose-built to with­stand the se­vere ice of po­lar ex­pe­di­tions (but doesn’t skimp on lux­ury: the ship fea­tures a deck pool, sump­tu­ous cabin suites and mul­ti­ple lounges with 180-de­gree views). It will be the first to carry the “Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal Ship” pre­fix, RCGS, and will join the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vav­ilov un­der the One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions ban­ner. “The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety is proud to have One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions as its ex­clu­sive travel part­ner, and proud that Res­o­lute will be­come the first ship to carry the So­ci­ety’s name,” said RCGS CEO John Geiger. “RCGS Res­o­lute will, like One Ocean’s other ships, carry the So­ci­ety’s Com­pass Rose flag, and will serve as a plat­form for po­lar re­search and learn­ing — as well as ex­pe­di­tionary travel.” One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions is the only cruise op­er­a­tor to start and end voy­ages in Cape Bre­ton, and the new ship prom­ises more jobs and eco­nomic growth both in Syd­ney and in the Cana­dian Arc­tic. Cape Bre­ton-born An­drew Prossin, founder and CEO of One

Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions, re­vealed that his com­pany will use the new Syd­ney pier to re­fuel and pro­vi­sion its ships be­fore voy­ag­ing north. “With the build­ing of a sec­ond berth in Syd­ney Har­bour, I see no rea­son why Syd­ney can’t be Canada’s Arc­tic gate­way,” he said. His­tor­i­cally, ex­plor­ers seek­ing the North Pole of­ten left from Syd­ney. Robert E. Peary, who claimed to have reached the pole in 1909, launched five ex­pe­di­tions from Syd­ney’s wharves, and re­ceived a hero’s wel­come on each re­turn. The RCGS Res­o­lute will first set sail from Cape Bre­ton in Novem­ber 2018. Fin­land-built, the ves­sel of­fers mod­ern sta­bi­liza­tion and un­sur­passed ice clas­si­fi­ca­tion com­pli­ant with the po­lar code. Its name is im­bued with north­ern her­itage. The ship’s name­sake, HMS Res­o­lute, was fit­ted for Arc­tic ser­vice and in the 1850s helped search for the lost Franklin ex­pe­di­tion, con­tribut­ing to fur­ther ex­plo­ration of the High Arc­tic is­lands along the way. Res­o­lute is also one of Canada’s north­ern­most com­mu­ni­ties, lo­cated on Corn­wal­lis Is­land. “Like the RCGS,” said Geiger, “One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions is ded­i­cated to ad­vanc­ing knowl­edge about our ge­og­ra­phy — par­tic­u­larly of the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic re­gions — and shar­ing that knowl­edge with Cana­di­ans and with peo­ple all over the world.”

The ship’s name, RCGS Res­o­lute, is im­bued with north­ern her­itage.

The po­lar-go­ing RCGS Res­o­lute will set sail from its home port of Syd­ney, N.S., in 2018.

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