COMMEMORATING— A ship called the Bernard Explorer recently left Nome to retrace the route of the Mary Sachs, an support vessel for the Canadian expedition ship Karluk. The Karluk was the flag ship of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, the first Canadian government expedition to the western Arctic, between 1913-1918. The Karluk sailed from Nome on July 13, 1913 and became trapped in pack ice and drifted with the ice westward. The ship sank on January 15. The supply ship Mary Sachs’ captains were Peter Bernard and Joe Bernard. This summer, the Bernard Explorer under caption Bob Bernard, grand-nephew of Joe Bernard, is leading to Sachs Harbor on Banks Island to plant two plaques in honor of those who perished on the expedition.
The Mary Sachs wrecked near Sachs Harbor and crew of the Bernard Explorer hope to find relics or remains of the schooner.
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P.E.I.-born captain, Peter Bernard, and the ship, Karluk, photographed before its doomed role as the flagship in the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-18.