North Star of Herschel Island - the Last Canadian Arctic Fur Trading Ship

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FriesenPress, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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In 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, two Canadian Inuit fur trappers ordered the largest private sailing ship ever delivered to be used in transporting their annual catch of fur to Herschel Island on the MacKenzie Delta in exchange for the supplies that they needed to survive another winter hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle. Three times she did not make it into port in time and was frozen solid into the ice. This is the story of one of the most historic ships in Canada, who under three owners faced many challenges including; holding land at the entrance of the fabled NorthWest Passage to protect Canadian Arctic Sovereignty, was used in sail-training for Inuit, surveyed the controversial B.C./Alaska border and was chartered to search for mermaids off of the Aleutian Islands. North Star of Herschel Island is now a familiar sight on the Victoria, B.C. waterfront and a regular participant in Classic Boat and Tall Ship Festivals. In 2005 she represented her country as the Canadian GoodWill Ambassador in an international gathering of Tall Ships. This is the true story of a remarkable ship and the people who have known and loved her.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Fred Carpenter and the Wolkis
10
Chapter 2 CT Pedersen
23
Chapter 3 Herschel Island
32
Chapter 4 Geo W Kneass Boat Builder
57
Chapter 5 Peterhead Schooners
65
Chapter 6 The Original North Star Arrival of the new North Star
75
Sachs HarbourBanksland
89
DAILY LIFE the RHYTHM OF SEASONS
99
Chapter 18 Sailing and Trading to Herschel Island the Delta
259
Chapter 19 Residential School the Banksland Children
282
Chapter 20 Our Lady of Lourdes the Anglican Churchs Schooner
292
Chapter 21 Arctic Sovereignty Fred receives Commonwealth Award Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits
296
Chapter 22 Fred retirement North Star on the beach
307
Chapter 23 Sven Johansson pre North Star
311
Chapter 24 Fred Carpenter and Susie Sidney sell North Star
318
Chapter 25 Freds Plane Crash
335

Chapter 9 The RCMP Arrive on Banks Island
110
Chapter 10 Trapping methods Fur Preparation Banksland Food
113
Chapter 11 The Sachs Harbour Store
136
Chapter 12 Readying North Star for Sea Loading
141
Chapter 13 Fred Carpenters Leadership
168
Chapter 14 StormsSinkingsIceTows
185
Chapter 15 The DEATH OF FRED WOLKI
214
Chapter 16 Fred Agnes marry foodpastimesyoung marriagestraditional medicinesuperstitionstattooing
223
Chapter 17 Florence Carpenter the Language Keeper
251
Chapter 26 Sven and Normas North Star Adventures
340
Chapter 27 Sheila and Bruces North Star Adventures
395
CONCLUSION
422
ENDNOTES
423
Bibliography
441
APPENDIX
466
INDEX
472
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