Travelling VMM exhibit to follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers!

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This summer the Vancouver Maritime Museum is returning to the Arctic in an exciting new partnership with One Ocean Expeditions to bring to the North the Museum’s exhibit Across the Top of the World: the Quest for the Northwest Passage.
 
The exhibit will create a floating museum for one year on board One Ocean Voyager Akademik Sergey Vavilov, the same ship that supported Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographical Society in the Victoria Strait Expedition 2014, successfully locating Franklin’s ship HMS Erebus.
 
The travelling portion of Across the Top of the World will make its maiden voyage on One Ocean’s Northwest Passage expedition from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Cambridge Bay, August 11 – 23 2015.
 
Following in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, this exhibit tells their stories of adventure and discovery as it sails through the breathtaking Northwest Passage and is immersed back in the North. For centuries brave explorers attempted to find this same iconic and remote route: their infamous searches shaping Canada’s identity along the way.
 
On this first voyage the exhibit will stop off at the arctic communities of Pond Inlet and Cambridge Bay where it will come ashore and be displayed to the public, with more communities to be visited in the coming year.
 
“We may not be able to get the people to the museum but we can certainly get the museum to the people!” says Vancouver Maritime Museum Director, Captain Ken Burton. “With the assistance of One Ocean Expeditions, the Vancouver Maritime Museum will be repatriating copies of historical images from the extensive VMM collection, ephemera and historic videos back to the Arctic communities. This will be a truly unique community program between the hamlets of the Arctic, the Vancouver Maritime Museum and One Ocean Expeditions.” 
 
Captain Burton will be on board for this voyage sharing the important historical artifacts with passengers and presenting the exhibit to Northern Arctic communities. He brings a wealth of knowledge with him about the Northwest Passage, Canada’s claim to this waterway, the search for Sir John Franklin, the RCMP Schooner St. Roch and his own voyage onboard St. Roch II.

Artifacts that Captain Burton will bring aboard include: the first known chart showing the location and details of the Northwest Passage route as discovered by Captain McClure and the HMS Investigator; a deck tile from Roald Amundsen’s Maud; the 1852 Broadcloth that describes Captain Austin’s expedition in search of Sir John Franklin on HMS Intrepid, HMS Resolute and HMS Assistance; and items from the St. Roch’s 1940s voyage through the Northwest Passage such as her flag, Captain Henry Larsen’s stop watch and crew member E. Hadley’s Polar Medal received for his services to this expedition.

Other special guests on this voyage include Susan Hunt, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and artist Cory Trepanier who will join mid-voyage, as he hitch-hikes his way through the Canadian Arctic, painting the landscapes along the way.
 
For the next year this exhibit will travel pole to pole with One Ocean Expeditions extending the global reach of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Starting in the Canadian Arctic this summer it will then voyage to the Antarctic for the 2015/2016 season and return once again to the Canadian Arctic in Summer 2016. 

There are still limited births available on board the One Ocean Voyager / Akademik Sergey Vavilov.  More information can be found here: www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/2015_promo

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