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Broken Barrel Staves and Hoops - Northumberland House Beechey Island

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.

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