(Sail Plan of the Nonsuch by Captain Adrian Small)
© The Nonsuch, by Laird Rankin
Unfurl The Sails
If you’ve visited Nonsuch since we renewed the gallery in 2018 you probably noticed a big difference on the ship, the sails are unfurled! Go to our WEBSITE to compare the drawing and a recent photograph for the Nonsuch to see if you can see which sails were not installed.
The Depot at York Factory when Curators Dr. Amelia Fay
and Kevin Brownlee visited in 2015
A Prairie Province with a Coastline?
Although Manitoba is considered a Prairie province, many people forget that the northern part of our province has roughly 670 km of coastline along Hudson Bay! Our Hudson Bay coastline was very important during the fur trade, with two prominent posts that are now part of our National Historic Sites program: York Factory and Prince of Wales Fort. Check out this BLOG, by Dr. Amelia Fay, Curator of the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection, about a visit to the coastal community of York Factory in 2015. Is there an HBC Post that you’ve always wanted to visit?
Our replica Nonsuch is nice and cozy in the Museum, awaiting your return when we reopen.
Image: © Manitoba Museum/Ian McCausland
Did you know…
Did you know that it took nearly four months for Nonsuch to reach the mouth of the Rupert River (now Waskaganish, Quebec) in 1668? Can you imagine being stuck on a small ketch with the same small crew for that long without any of the lovely technological distractions we have today? How do you think the Captain and crew entertained themselves on this long voyage? Share your ideas with us!
Watch this video made in 2003, featuring some famous Manitobans sharing their love of Nonsuch!
When was the last time you strolled the waterfront of 17th century England, where the two-masted ketch Nonsuch awaits high tide and a voyage to the New World…