THE EX­PE­DI­TIONS

EX­PE­DI­TION OF THE YEAR

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - — Jill Hein­erth, RCGS Ex­plorer-in-res­i­dence

The lead­ers of the lat­est ex­pe­di­tions funded by The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety share, in their own words, the most mem­o­rable moments from their epic jour­neys As told to Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic staff

MUCH OF MY WORK TAKES PLACE in the hid­den ge­og­ra­phy of the planet. Peo­ple of­ten ask me why we ex­plore places like the mine on Bell Is­land. Few peo­ple know that it was di­rectly at­tacked dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. In , Ger­man U-boats raided the is­land in an at­tempt to dis­rupt the ­ow of high-grade iron ore be­ing shut­tled from lo­cal mines to the main­land war e€ort. Three boats sank, killing ƒ„ peo­ple. I and a team of divers wanted to ex­plore and doc­u­ment these re­mark­able war graves. Within the ­ooded mine pas­sages be­neath Bell Is­land and the sea ­oor of Con­cep­tion Bay where the wrecks re­side, we found a trove of min­ing relics, heavy equip­ment and re­mark­able graˆti that tells the story of min­ers who died dur­ing their work on Bell Is­land. When we vis­ited lo­cal schools to talk about the ex­pe­di­tion, I saw many of the kids rec­og­nize that they could do some­thing in­cred­i­ble with their own lives. More than any­thing, I think they left our pre­sen­ta­tion with new pride in their com­mu­nity. Our coun­try’s ge­og­ra­phy o€ers us a unique for­tune in this world. If we can help con­nect more peo­ple with their sense of place and share this re­mote and spe­cial cor­ner of Canada with the world, then our mis­sion is ac­com­plished.

Jill Hein­erth nav­i­gates a flooded mine pas­sage be­neath Bell Is­land., N.L., site of a Ger­man U-boat at­tack in 1942.

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