Lost Ships of the Canadian North

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 19:30 - 21:00

Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver , BC V6J 1A3

Speaker: Hector Williams

The recent discoveries of the wrecks of Erebus and Terror in the Canadian Arctic have focused attention again on the maritime history of our northern waters.  Few Canadians, however, are aware of earlier lost vessels like Jens Munk’s Danish frigate Unicorn caught in the ice of the estuary of the Churchill River in 1619 and sunk there a year or two later or the stories of  Breadalbane and Investigator, two Royal Navy vessels sunk in the search for the lost Franklin expedition but found decades ago.  And there is the ghost ship of the Arctic, the HBC’s BayChimo that traversed northern waters for decades after its crew abandoned it.  Hector Williams was raised in Churchill and has sailed the NW passage twice in the past five years as a lecturer.  He was one of the founders of the UASBC in 1975 and has served on the Board of the Vancouver Maritime Museum for nearly 30 years.  He is currently working on the papers of Sir Edward Belcher, commander of a search expedition for Franklin, who lost four of his five ships in an unsuccessful attempt to solve the mystery.