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

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

by Anthony Dalton
 

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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

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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.

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 came to grief under conditions that would test the mettle of any ship. Here are some of their stories.

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Despite losses, the fur-trade fleet had a relatively good safety record. Inevitably some ships foundered in arduous conditions. The Fur-Trade Fleet tells some of their dramatic stories. All of the accounts touch on some aspect of Canadian history and highlight the development of coastal transportation. —BC Books for BC Schools

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926936093
Publisher:
Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Series:
Amazing Stories
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

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