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March 2015 Posts:
- 2 March: Smellie of the Nascopie
2 March 2015
Smellie of the Nascopie
In October 1917, Captain Thomas Farrar Smellie became master of the Nascopie, taking over its wartime voyages from Captain Edmund Mack. At the time, Smellie had been in command of another HBC ship, the Bayverdun, which was also part of HBC’s fleet of supply vessels chartered by allied governments. He was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, recovering from rheumatic fever. On the day that he received word from London that he was to assume command of the Nascopie, he also broke his arm. Weak from illness and with his arm in a sling, he travelled to Montreal to command the Nascopie on a voyage into the White Sea to Archangel, Russia. He arrived in Archangel in the spring of 1918 in the midst of Russian civil war. After this voyage, Captain Smellie had a long and celebrated career on board the Nascopie exploring the Arctic, for which he is best known. However, his contribution as one of two masters to sail the HBC’s most famous ship into war torn Russia cannot be forgotten.
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