Nor­we­gians to re­float Amund­sen ship off Cam­bridge Bay

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

Cam­bridge Bay, Nu­navut (CP) — The tough oaken ves­sel that took famed ex­plorer Roald Amund­sen on his sec­ond Arc­tic voy­age is about to rise again. Af­ter four years of ne­go­ti­a­tion and prepa­ra­tion, a Nor­we­gian team ex­pects to re­float the Maud this week, 85 years af­ter she was scut­tled in shal­low wa­ters off the coast of Nu­navut. “We’re quite con­fi­dent,” said Jan Wang­gaard, who’s head­ing the crew hop­ing to re­turn the last ship of a Nor­we­gian na­tional hero to its home­land. The Maud was built in 1917 for Amund­sen, the first man to reach the South Pole. He in­tended to use the spe­cially strength­ened Maud to drift across the North Pole while frozen into mov­ing sea ice. She was sold to the Hud­son’s Bay Co. in 1925. Three years later, the ship sank while moored in shal­low wa­ter just off Cam­bridge Bay. Parts of the hull still pro­trude above the waves.

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