Les exploits du St Roch & de Henry Larsen en Arctique….

Lisez l’ouvrage intéressant qui raconte l’histoire et les exploits polaires du schooner St Roch et de son skipper Henry Larsen (résumé ci-dessous en anglais)=> Arctic Workhorse: The RCMP Schooner St. Roch – James P. Delgado – Touch Woods Editions Ltd, 2003 – 70p.

« … The RCMP schooner St. Roch was the first ship to conquer the hazardous Northwest Passage from west to east. Two years later, in 1944, she did it from east to west. During the difficult wartime years, the small vessel established Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic and broadened Canadian control over its vast northern territories. She was also the first ship to circumnavigate North America.

For 20 strenuous years in the north, St. Roch served as a travelling detachment for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. During the short, ice-free summers, she carried people and supplies from post to post, but in the long, dark winters she was frozen into the ice as a base camp. From there, the Mounties would make long-distance patrols around the Arctic by dog team.

Arctic Workhorse is a « biography » of St. Roch, from her construction in Vancouver in 1928, through her working life and epic voyages, to her resting place at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, where she is the cornerstone of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and a living icon of Arctic history… «