The huts to the left of the
harbour are a Royal Canadian Mounted Police base that was set up
in 1924 and manned until 1933 and then again from 1954 to 1961.
It was built as Canada at the time was concerned about any
threat to the sovereignty of its far Arctic north. A "We
live here so this is ours" statement.
On this day it was very pleasant
and warm in the sun despite the apparent low shade temperature.
I found there was the over-riding question of how grim it must have been
to live here however, the only way in is by air or sea, or
possibly you could dog sled to Resolute in the winter over the
frozen sea 200 miles away. The men (and women) who lived here
spent up to three years here.
There is a small graveyard up the
hill and out of sight of this picture that contained the four graves,
of a suicide, one of an accidental shooting while walrus hunting (self
inflicted), one the baby of the daughter of a special constable who
lived here and a one of a whaler. This knowledge doesn't make me feel any
happier about the place and I think that brown weeping mountain
behind it makes it quite creepy.
Air temp: +4º C Latitude: 74º 31' N Longitude: 82º 28' 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.