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Continuing with my love of mystery ships that I enjoy reading about it another one that I have discovered as a great tale. It appears to be a fictional tale but I am not ignoring it entirely due to the age and the interesting tale that comes with it.

She was found trapped in ice to the west of Greenland, by the whaler ship Herald, on 11th October 1775. Five men boarded the vessel and found the crew of 28 dead below, frozen and almost perfectly preserved. They found the captain in his chair, pen in hand and with the log book open on the desk. In the cabin was also the body of a woman, a boy that was covered over with a blanket and a sailor with a tinderbox. (Tinderboxes contain a flint, steel and a fibrous material). They took the log before they left but were not willing to keep searching around her.

They checked the log to find the last entry made was 11th November 1762, meaning that she had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years. The log was so frozen that it slipped from the binding leaving only the first and last few pages remaining in it.  The crew had died of exposure, something unsurprising given the nature of the place they had gone and most likely the lack of preparation for those harsh conditions.

Supposedly she left England for the Orient, 1761 and the captain took a gamble to go through the Northwest Passage to shorten the journey, instead trapping her in the nice north of Alaska. It seems she made the voyage later on without the crew, so was the first to cross the Northwest Passage posthumously. When the crew of the whaling ship later tried to relocate her they were unable to do so.

For gamer information nuts and Assassins Creed lovers, in Assassins Creed 3 there is a part where Connor (main character) goes aboard the ship looking for clues to the whereabouts of Captain Kidd’s treasure.

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No I haven’t sneezed! It’s the name of a ship that floated around for over 30 years, and could be attributed to a ghost ship legend.

It was a steel 1,322 ton cargo steamer from 1914 that was owned y Hudson’s Bay Company and was used for trade. She was abandoned in 1931 and then seen numerous times until the last reported sighting in 1969.

1st October 1931 the ship ran into trouble when she got trapped in ice. The crew abandoned the ship and got a half-mile away to a town called Barrow. She loosened up and two days later they set off, but by October 8th she was stuck again and on the 15th the company sent aircraft to retrieve 22 of the crew. 15 stayed behind intending to wait out the winter until she freed up, and made a wooden shelter some distance away.

November came and on the 24th a powerful blizzard struck, there were no signs of the ship and the skipper determined she had broken up in the storm. A few days later however they were informed by an inuit that they had seen her, the 15 men then found her and deciding it was unlikely she would last the winter they took the most valuable furs and they were transported back by air.

She did not sink however and there were sightings of her but unfortunately each time they were either unable to get to her due to bad weather or not well enough equipped to perform a salvage operation. The last sighting was from a group of Inuit 38 years after she had been abandoned. She had been stuck fast in ice but then never seen again.

She had been boarded in March 1933 by a group of Eskimo’s who stayed there for ten days due to a freak storm. In 1969 she was last sited and then in 2006 a project was launched by the Alaskan Government to try and find her.  As of yet she remains not found.

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