Anyone that deals with the sea much is very much aware of this, and could probably spin many a tale for ya at any time. This one does have a curious twist to it, though.
The SS Baychimorsz_
Some would call it a ghost ship, but the Baychimo was real—and she could still be out there.
Built in 1911, the Baychimo was an enormous steam-powered cargo ship owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Mainly used for transporting furs from northern Canada, the Baychimo’s first nine journeys were relatively uneventful. But on its final journey, in 1931, winter came early. Totally unprepared for the bitter weather, the ship eventually became completely trapped in the ice.
Most of the crew were rescued by plane, but the Baychimo‘s captain and a few crew members decided to stick it out, making camp in sight of the ship. One day, a fierce blizzard blew up, obscuring the ship. When the storm abated, the Baychimo had vanished. A hunter eventually spotted the steamer and alerted the remaining crew. After salvaging what they could, they set the ship adrift, fearing it wouldn’t last the winter in the thick pack ice.As it turned out, the Baychimo was tougher than anyone gave her credit.
Over the next few decades, she was repeatedly sighted all across the Arctic, often drifting aimlessly out to sea. The last sighting was in 1969, a full 37 years after she was abandoned.
In 2006, the Alaskan government finally launched a “ghost ship” project to track down the Baychimo. Despite their efforts, the ship has not been found. For all intents and purposes, the Baychimo has now disappeared without a trace.
To think that this ship was last spotted 57 years after reported being lost is amazing by itself. Imagine the story if this vessel were to be found today!
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Coffee in the kitchen today. Cold and rainy is forecast for this area!