Maud under construction, 1917

Maud

Other Names
later: Baymaud
Vessel Type
Research/survey/exploration » exploration
Ship Dates
Launched: June 1916
End date: 1930
Owner or managing owner(s)
Hudson's Bay Company
Amundsen, Roald
Vessel Description

The Maud, named for Queen Maud of Norway, was a ship built for Roald Amundsen for his second expedition to the Arctic. Designed for his intended voyage through the Northeast Passage, the vessel was specially built at a shipyard in Asker, Norway on the Oslofjord.

After sailing through the Northeast Passage, which did not go as planned and took six years between 1918 and 1924, she ended up in Nome, Alaska and in August 1925 was sold on behalf of Amundsen's creditors in Seattle, Washington.

The buyer was the Hudson's Bay Company which renamed her Baymaud. She was to be used as a supply vessel for Company outposts in Canada's western Arctic. However, in the winter of 1926 she was frozen in the ice at Cambridge Bay, where she sank in 1930.

The ship now lies just off the shore in the bay, across the inlet from Cambridge Bay's former Hudson's Bay Company store. Nearby is the Cambridge Bay LORAN Tower built in 1947.

In 2011 Norwegian company Tandberg Eiendom AS in the project Maud Returns Home announced a plan to return the Maud to Norway. As of 2015, the salvage operation is under way with a plan to return the hull to Norway in the summer of 2016.

Source: Wikipedia: Maud (ship)

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Related Archival Items
graphic materials: "Baymaud" at Vancouver 1926 (p000.012.060)
graphic materials: "Bay Maud" [sic] H.B.Co boat hulk detachment in background (LM2018.888.004)
graphic materials: Wreck of the Baymaud (LM2018.888.005)
graphic materials: Bay Maud [sic] aground, Cambridge Bay 1931 (HNOS-30-11)
graphic materials: Bay Maud [sic] aground, Cambridge Bay 1931 (HNOS-30-12)
graphic materials: Bay Maud [sic] summer 1930, Cambridge Bay (HNOS-30-10)
graphic materials: Deck of Bay Maud [sic] (HNOS-30-13)
graphic materials: Maud under construction, 1917 (LM2019.999.035)
graphic materials: "Maud" [lerden?] Nordøstpassasjen 1918-1920 (LM2019.999.080)
graphic materials: "Maud" vollen i asker (LM2019.999.081)
sound recordings: VMM radio interviews (various) (VMM02.01.020)
technical drawings: Polarskib for Herr Kapt. Roald Amundsen (2007.5000.0015)
technical drawings: Polarskib for HR. Capt. Roald Amundsen (2007.5000.0016)
technical drawings: Polarskibet "Maud" Kaptein Roald Amundsen (2007.5000.0017)
technical drawings: Polarskib for H.R. Capt. Roald Amundsen (2007.5000.0285)
technical drawings: Auxiliary Arctic schooner "Maud" (2007.5000.0287)