Expedition Diary

Battle for Hudson Bay update information

 

All future updates will be to our Facebook page as we are running on a satellite phone.  We are going to send text updates to our support team down South and they will post them to Facebook:

www.facebook.com/FaraHeim

Thanks again to our gear sponsors.

 

Navionics is now a gear sponsor

Navionics is now a gear sponsor.  They’ve provided the digital nautical charts of Hudson Bay including the SonarCharts for use in the Humminbird 1198 chartplotting system.

We will be able to digitally record anything the Humminbird “sees” via an SD card for future reference along with the map, position (lat/long) and depth.

Thanks again Navionics.

Watson’s provides performance base layer to Fara Heim team

Dan Khoury of Watson’s has given his support of the Battle of Hudson Bay project by providing the expedition team with a set of Watson’s base layer.

Watson’s is a Canadian company located in Montreal not too far from Rue D’Iberville.

Thanks to Dan and Watson’s.

Captain Norman Baker delivered Flag 109 to the Fara Heim

Captain Norman Baker stopped into Winnipeg on his way back from another Explorers Club expedition and delivered Flag 109.  We took him on the Fara Heim expedition ship on Lake Winnipeg during the Islendingadagurinn weekend.

 

We have done an expedition to Berens River and about to leave for Hudson Bay

We have not been very regular about updating to the expedition diary.  A LOT has been going on:

1. We spent 5 days searching on Lake Winnipeg for hole stones found by a Manitoban named Evald Hansen and referred to in several books written by Hjalmur Holand.  While there we came across a site the indigenous local people call “White Mens Writing on the Rock”.  More to follow.

2. We met with Capt Norman Baker on Lake Winnipeg as he delivered the Explorers Club Flag 109 for the upcoming Battle of Hudson Bay expedition.

3. We completed a CBC National TV and Radio interview that aired today.

Here’s a link to the CBC interview that aired today.  We will find a way to share the radio interview.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/08/13/mb-arctic-ships-hudson-bay-fara-heim-expedition.html
We really enjoyed meeting Karen PaulsCameron Macintosh and the CBC crew.

Fara Heim team launches Kickstarter to fund Battle of Hudson Bay project

Yesterday we launched a Kickstarter campaign.  Johann also did a radio interview with CBC Canada and CJOB in Winnipeg.

Today, Victor Suthren joined the Battle of Hudson Bay campaign as military advisor.  He was the Director of the Canadian War Museum and we look forward to working with him on finding the ships of the battle.

Guy Vadeboncoeur of the Stewart Museum, Bruce Bolton and Eliot Perrin of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation

We spent a great day with Guy Vadeboncoeur at the Stewart Museum in Montreal.  He showed us the exhibits related to the Battle of Hudson Bay and even the signature of Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville (he was a witness at a wedding).  The Stewart Museum has a great collection of maps also and if you are interested in cartography and how maps have evolved over the past 500 years.

We also stopped by the house and warehouse owned by Pierre’s father.  It was located just upstream for the rapids (“Lachine”) on the St. Lawrence River.  It was the place that they received all the furs coming to the coast from the continent.  We could imagine the large canoes pulled up on the shore with the Voyageurs carrying the furs into the warehouse.

We then visited the Macdonald Stewart Foundation and met Bruce Bolton and Eliot Perrin.  They gave us very detailed information on The Pelican.  The Macdonald Stewart Foundation is very active in supporting historical and educational activities in Canada.  Both the Foundation and the Museum work to create organizations, events and exhibits that are interactive and bring history to life.  The Fara Heim team thanks both groups for their time.

 

Hovercraft addition to Fara Heim Foundation vehicles

We now have a hovercraft for use on the Hudson Bay expedition.  Being able to float over the tidal flats will make searching much easier.

Fara Heim team prepares for the Battle of Hudson Bay expedition in August by visiting Montreal

The team visited Montreal to meet with some Battle of Hudson Bay experts.

We first met with the Director of the Stewart Museum, Guy Vadeboncoeur.  He was a great resource and showed us a wedding document signed by Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville as a witness.  We then visited the Stewart Foundation and spent the afternoon with Eliot Perrin.  Eliot gave us access to their Pelican documents and we have a wealth of information on the size of the ship and what it was outfitted with (especially the size and number of cannon).

We then stopped by a house and warehouse on the St. Lawrence River that was built by Pierre’s father and used as a fur trading post and warehouse.  It is just upstream from the start of the rapids (Lachine) that stopped all larger boats going up the river.  It was easy to imagine Pierre and his father standing on the shores of the river in the 1690s watching canoes laden with furs pull up to the shore.  We could also understand why York Factory and the control of Hudson Bay was important as it was a much shorter trip via ocean going sailboat to pick up the furs.  It is a long row by canoe to Chicago from Montreal.

 

The search for Viking mooring stones on Lake Winnipeg happens the first week of July

Using the new 35′ Pearson sailboat that was just put into the water at Gimli on June 23rd the Fara Heim team will sail up to Berens River to search for suspected mooring stones found by Evald Hansen in 1955.  The team has a letter from Evald to Hjalmar Holand dated October 10th, 1956 in which he tells Hjalmar of the location.

Hjalmar writes about Evald in a book written in 1962 called “A Pre-Columbian Crusade to America”.  In it Hjalmar refers to a 1957 correspondence with Evald and then discusses mooring stones at Berens River and a spot at Leaf River Point that was called “White Men’s Writing on the Rock”. Hjalmar says he would like to go back but can’t due to “lack of travel expenses”.

We have reached out to the family of Evald and will shortly know exactly where to go.  We may not make it over to Leaf River Point as we don’t have an exact location for the “Rock”.

A full report will be published once we come back and we will be filming the expedition.

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