Maud, the three-master of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, found her native Norway on Monday, a hundred years after she left for an Arctic expedition, the repatriation project leader said.
A precious relic of Norwegian polar expeditions, the Maud was brought to the surface in 2016 after 85 years in the waters of Canada’s Great North, where it sank in 1930.
After leaving Greenland at the end of June, the shipwreck was towed across the North Atlantic on a large barge and on Monday morning gained the port of Bergen in western Norway.
“The trip was long, but it went well,” Operation Chief Jan Wanggaard told AFP.
Thanks to the funding of three Norwegian brothers and entrepreneurs, Maud will eventually be exhibited in the municipality of Asker (south-east) where it was floated in 1917.
“Roald Amundsen is an important historical figure in Norway,” said Wanggaard. “We want to tell the story of this expedition to the people of Norway”.
The first man to conquer the South Pole in 1911, Amundsen wanted to use Maud to study the Arctic Ocean by letting him be caught in the ice and drifting around the North Pole.
The expedition launched in 1918 had notably explored the Northeast Passage, bringing a rich harvest of scientific results, but the financial bankruptcy of Amundsen had resulted in the sale of the boat to the Hudson’s Bay Company. 1925.
Renamed “Baymaud”, the three-master sank five years later near the shore of Cambridge Bay, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.