Ghost ship - S. S. Baychimo
I will be quoting from an article that ran in today's Vancouver
Sun. I found it interesting; there is no exact spot to post this in these forums
so I thought I would post it here.
The Title of the article is: "Reappearing ghost ship still a mystery."
The Alaskan government
is attempting to locate the last where abouts of the fabled "ghost ship of the Arctic." The steamer was a key player in the opening of Northern waterways with beginnings in 1920's; however in 1932 she was abandoned in an ice flow that locked her in. However after the abandonment, she became free and float around for decades with occasional sightings from time to time.
She was built in Sweden
in 1914 and acquired by the Hudson
Bay Company in 1919. The 1,300 tonne steel
ship set several long distance records during its annual 3,000 kilometre runs between Vancouver
and the North West Territories.
Each trip was dangerous and each year it had to escape the grip of the polar ice. In 1931, the steel
ship encountered one of the worst years for ice flow and she was caught.
realizing he and his crew were in a "hard place" radioed for a rescue
and the first "air lift" from the Arctic unfolded. Twenty of the ships crew were flown out in two air craft. The crew decided to winter in a close by coastal area and rescue
the ship in the spring as she freed herself from the icy arctic grip. A severe storm in late November free the ship and she disappeared.
In 1932 an arctic explorer caught sight of her as he was sledding across the arctic. The next year, Inuit hunters saw the ship and boarded it just as a storm approached encouraging them to leave. The ship was spotted again in September of 1935 and November of 1939 near Wainwright Alaska
. In 1962 another group of Inuit kayaking the Beaufort
Sea, sighted it.
And the last sighting was in 1969 when a US oil
tanker Manhattan was crossing the Northwest passage
, a party of Inuit said they spotted the SS Baychimo once again.