In 1875, 22 years after being
built, Northumberland House was visited and described to be in a
state of some advanced destruction by bears that had broken in
and taken anything of food value. An untouched rum cask
indicated that it was not men who were responsible for this.
The intervening years, incessant
wind and further breakage by freeze/thaw have reduced the house
and its stores to little more than some scrap wood and metal.
Air temp: +3º C Latitude: 74º 43' N Longitude: 91º 48' W
These are pictures
from a cruise to the High Arctic in August 2010, from Resolute
Bay Canada to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland.
Pictures copyright Paul Ward.
Pentax digital equipment.