RMS Nascopie

Vessel Type
Cargo ship » General cargo vessel
Ship Dates
Date built: 1912
End date: 1947
Owner or managing owner(s)
Hudson's Bay Company
Vessel Description

In 1912 she was fitted with a shoe on the keel plate so she could be driven hard into the ice. She had no bilge keels, another concession to ice travel so she wallowed in heavy seas. An ice belt around the load water line protected her from floating ice. She was one of a class of four vessels. The three others were sold to the Russian Government for Arctic service. In WWI she sank a submarine by gunfire on the surface in the ice. At the end of the war she went on the Murmansk-Archangel run supplying the war effort to subvert the Bolshevik Revolution. The Nascopie often carried as many as six 40' boats for sale to the Inuit and up to 30 canoes and whaleboats for sale as well. Carrying goods and supplies to the Arctic they were usually loaded at Montreal. The landing was more complicated as two whale boats would be lashed together and covered with planks to make a landing barge, carrying 15 tons of cargo. This whole assemblage would then be towed ashore by the steam pinnace. She sailed to the eastern end of Bellot Strait in 1937. The Aklavik sailed through and met them there where they exchanged furs and trading goods. In 1947 she struck a reef off Beacon Island at the entrance to Dorset Harbour and sank.

Source: Nauticapedia: Nascopie (R.M.S.)

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