|The Baymaud sitting on the bottom adjacent Hamlet of Cambridge Bay|
While waiting out the weather here today, though I would go check out the famous local shipwreck in one of the bays called the Baymaud and snap some pics of her. The location is very accessible and one can get close if you are willing to hike around 2 miles there and 2 miles back. I wore my immersion suit for the walk for a couple of reasons. One, I was pondered saving a lot of time by walking straight across the bay ice, after seeing a local cross in an ATV earlier in the week. Secondly, if not taking the big shortcut, the bridge to get across was closed because of the rushing river, and, well, of course I would be walking across that closed bridge. After walking down a snow bank to the ice, I quickly thought better of it. Thinking carefully about how fast the current just might be under the ice, given that just upstream, that bridge was closed for a good reason - the fast melt off was overflowing with swift current and rapids (video). I was thinking the news would read: "Smart American guy with 2 hour survival suit falls thru ice and never comes up, sucked away by current - But we'll find him next month when the ice melts by O'Reilly Island". So I decided on the long march.
|Maud, as she looked originally|
Originally christened the "Maud" by Amundsen, the ship was later sold to the Hudson's Bay Company and renamed the Baymaud.
There is a big controversy going on here right now between Norwegian proponents that want to raise the Baymaud and bring her home to put in a museum, and the locals who want her to stay right where she is.
|First Catholic Church here|
|Stern of Baymaud - June 26, 2011|