Week 1

August 15, 2015

CHS and CCG conduct data collection

A busy Saturday

It’s Saturday, but no one on ship will get a day off for a few more weeks. Although it remained foggy throughout the day, the CHS launches were sent off while CCG crewmembers continued to recover, replace and service buoys. One buoy had been dragged by ice three miles away from its original position and was found anchored far outside the safe navigation corridor in uncharted waters. Left unchecked, it would create a hazard to vessels transiting these waters. To retrieve the errant marker, CHS worked with the Laurier’s bridge crew using the Gannet and Kinglett to chart a safe access corridor and allow the CCG crew to recover the displaced buoy.

Once conditions were safe to fly, pilot David Ferguson flew archaeologists Dr. Douglas Stenton and Dr. Robert Park to Montreal Island. The island is located about 100km south-east of Simpson Strait near an area where CHS and CCG operations would also be taking place. Rocky and windy, relics of Franklin's lost expedition were first found on this small island in 1855, but no archaeologist has visited the island in the last 30 years. As well, the island shows evidence of use by wildlife and Inuit.

CCG Pilot David Ferguson

A panoramic view of Montreal Island

Simpson Strait

Traces of wildlife on Montreal Island

Inukshuk on Montreal Island

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