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

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In mid-July 1925, the SS Bayeskimo ran into heavy drift ice at the entrance to Hudson Strait. 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 the ship 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, ...

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In mid-July 1925, the SS Bayeskimo ran into heavy drift ice at the entrance to Hudson Strait. 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 the ship 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781926936093
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Amazing Stories
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Anthony Dalton is a writer, adventurer and photographer who has written several books of non-fiction and hundreds of magazine articles. He also teaches writing workshops.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Introduction 12

Chapter 1 The Battle on the Bay 16

Chapter 2 James Knight's Last Voyage 26

Chapter 3 In Peril on Hudson Bay 34

Chapter 4 Steam on Big Rivers 49

Chapter 5 Danger on the West Coast 58

Chapter 6 Victims of Arctic Ice 66

Chapter 7 Bayeskimo: Pinched in Ungava Bay 78

Chapter 8 Bayrupert: Lost off the Labrador Coast 89

Chapter 9 Baychimo: The Arctic Ghost Ship 99

Chapter 10 The Ravages of War 107

Chapter 11 Bayronto and the 1919 Florida Keys Hurricane 115

Chapter 12 Nascopie: On a Cape Dorset Rock 121

Epilogue 132

Selected Bibliography 135

Index 137

Acknowledgements 140

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