On March 19th at the Nordic Hall just south of Coupeville, you are invited to join Jill Hein and Sandy Dubpernell, via photos & stories, on their voyage Out of the Northwest Passage (eastern Canada and the western coast of Greenland) where they follow the route of the ill-fated Sir John Franklin expedition in the 1840’s and part of the route taken by the intrepid Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen 1903-1906.
Franklin, in 1845, tragically lost his 2 ships and 134 men to illness and the harsh elements.
Amundsen and his little ship Gjoa and hardy crew of seven successfully completed the passage from Greenland to the Bering Sea (in 1906) after spending 2 years in Gjoa Haven, which he called “the finest little harbor in the world”. There he learned from the natives about their clothing, their diet and the use of dog sleds for hauling and transportation. What he learned from these people enabled him and his crew on the Fram to be the first men to safely reach the South Pole several years later.
The Northwest Passage landscape is stark and dramatic and geologically unique, the tundra covered with mosses, lichens, tiny brightly colored flowers and trees no more than 4” tall. Icebergs, sunsets and northern lights are spectacular. Polar bears, arctic fox, muskox and beluga whales are occasionally spotted. In colorful little villages along the way, hardy ever-smiling Inuit gladly share some of their culture.
The Nordic Hall is located at 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville. The program will begin following a short business meeting for Lodge members at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in hearing about this journey is welcome.