Fifty years ago, Royal Mail Ship Nascopie ended a life full of adventure on an unmarked reef in Hudson’s Strait. Launched by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1911, her main mission was to supply the Company’s far-flung posts in Canada’s North. Alone and without any of today’s navigation and communications equipment, she battled ice and icebergs, fog, storms, and uncharted waters to delivery everything the posts needed to survive and trade.
Few ships played such a prolonged role in developing Canada’s North and maintaining her presence there. Nascopie was a strong ship sailed by strong men. She played a historic role for Canada and this is her story.