The Fur-Trade Fleet: Shipwrecks of the Hudson?s Bay Company [NOOK Book]

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In mid-July 1925, the SS Bayeskimo ran into heavy drift ice at the entrance to Hudson Strait. The ice carried her north, squeezing the steamer and testing the strength of her rivets. Helpless until the tide changed and the ice moved, the officers and crew could only watch and listen to the ship’s tormented groans. Slowly at first, trickles of freezing water seeped through the steel plates on her bow. The trickles became a flood, and Bayeskimo began to sink.


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The Fur-Trade Fleet: Shipwrecks of the Hudson?s Bay Company

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Overview

In mid-July 1925, the SS Bayeskimo ran into heavy drift ice at the entrance to Hudson Strait. The ice carried her north, squeezing the steamer and testing the strength of her rivets. Helpless until the tide changed and the ice moved, the officers and crew could only watch and listen to the ship’s tormented groans. Slowly at first, trickles of freezing water seeped through the steel plates on her bow. The trickles became a flood, and Bayeskimo began to sink.


Bayeskimo was one of hundreds of ships in the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur-trade fleet. For much of the company’s history, they roamed Hudson Bay, the subarctic and beyond the Arctic Circle, servicing far-flung posts. Some even battled their way around the tip of South America to open up trade on the west coast of North America. During these arduous voyages, many of them came to grief under conditions that would test the mettle of any ship. Here are some of their dramatic stories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926936079
  • Publisher: Heritage House
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Series: Amazing Stories
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,320,070
  • File size: 802 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Dalton is a writer, adventurer and photographer. His expeditions have taken him across the Sahara, through the deserts of the Middle East, through the Sundarbans jungle of Bangladesh and into the Arctic. His adventure and boating-related articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and in nine languages. He also teaches writing workshops across Canada. Dalton lives with his wife, Penny, and their Dalmatian, Mr. Parker, on the bluffs of Tsawwassen, BC, and they commute on weekends to their waterfront home on Mayne Island. He is an enthusiastic boater, owning a 33-foot sloop and a 21-foot Polynesian outrigger motorboat of his own making.

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