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"Maud" Returns Home

Maud, named for Queen Maud of Norway, was a ship built for Roald Amundsen for his second expedition to the Arctic. Amundsen himself christened the ship with a chunk of ice and the following statement:

It is not my intention to dishonor the glorious grape, but already now you shall get the taste of your real environment. For the ice you have been built, and in the ice you shall stay most of your life, and in the ice you shall solve your tasks. With the permission of our Queen, I christen you Maud.

After her Arctic adventures, Maud ended her working years with the Hudson’s Bay Company as a supply ship for company outposts in the western Arctic. In the winter of 1926 she was frozen into the ice at Cambridge Bay, where she sank in 1930.

In 2011, Norwegian company Tandberg Eiendom AS announced a plan to return Maud to Norway.

It was a daunting task to bring the Maud back up to the surface and prepare her to be towed back to Norway. (If you would like to read about the recovery operation, I recommend the Maud Returns Home blog.)

The Maud is being towed east by tugboat, through the Northwest Passage. It will spend the winter in Greenland before heading back to Norway, where it will be on display at the Fram Museum, along with the Gjøa and the Fram, both of which were also used by Amundsen in his explorations.

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