HBC 79-41

Life Preserver


Collection: Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection

Catalogue Number: HBC 79-41

Category: Distribution & Transportation Artifacts
Classification: Water Transportation Equipment
Sub-Classification: Water Transportation Accessories
Object Term: Preserver, Life


Product Description

This life preserver, made of cork covered in canvas, came from the HBC supply ship, the R.M.S. Nascopie. The Nascopie was designed and built in the United Kingdom at Wallsend on Tyne in 1911. The following year she made her first of 34 trips delivering supplies to HBC’s northern outposts. During WWI, HBC chartered the Nascopie to deliver wheat and munitions between Russia and France, which involved gunfire and the retreat of a German submarine.  Following the war, the Nascopie brought 550 caribou from Norway to Baffin Island and performed several rescue missions in northern Canada. In 1947, she hit an unchartered reef off of Beacon Island and eventually sank.

$250 adoption includes:

  • 1 year adoption
  • Certificate & photo
  • Opportunity to share personal story or description of what the artifact means to you
  • Tax receipt for $250
  • Invitation to Museum event