Arctic Adventure 28 – Another Ship

Mural of RCMPV (vessel) St. Roch painted on the side of a shed near the RCMP detachment in Cambridge Bay, NU

Mural of RCMPV (vessel) St. Roch painted on the side of a shed near the RCMP detachment in Cambridge Bay, NU

Near the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) station in Cambridge Bay is a mural of a ship on the side of a storage shed. It is of RCMPV (vessel) St. Roch a schooner which can now be found at the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was the first ship to completely circumnavigate North America, and the second sailing vessel to complete a voyage through the Northwest Passage. She was the first ship to complete the Northwest Passage in the direction west to east (Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean), going the same route that Amundsen on the sailing vessel Gjøa went east to west, 38 years earlier.

St. Roch was made primarily of thick Douglas-fir, with very hard Australian “ironbark” eucalyptus on the outside, and an interior hull reinforced with heavy beams to withstand ice pressure during her Arctic duties. St. Roch was designed by Tom Hallidie and was based on Roald Amundsen’s ship the Maud so another strong connection to Cambridge Bay. The boat was constructed in 1928 at the Burrard Dry Dock Shipyards in North Vancouver and between 1929–1939 she supplied and patrolled Canada’s Arctic.

More information about the ship can be found on Wikipedia

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