The ship used by explorer Roald Amundsen finally returned to his home, Norway, on Monday (06/08), after completing his journey in the North Pole 100 years ago.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became famous after defeating his rival, Robert Scoot of England who both competed to reach the South Pole in 1911, and he became the first person to achieve it.
Wooden ships, considered a very important legacy in the history of exploration of the Polar region, were first discovered in 2016 after 85 years in Canadian Arctic waters, the place where the ship sank in 1930.
Maud – the name of the ship – was then towed from the North Atlantic using a barge, at the end of June and arrived in the port of Bergen, Norway, on Monday morning.
“The journey was very long, but everything went smoothly,” said Jan Wanggaard, the team leader who brought the ship back to Norway, told AFP news agency.
Thanks to funding from a number of well-known Norwegian businessmen, the ship will later be exhibited near the capital of Oslo, which was the site of the ship’s launch in 1917.
“Roald Amundsen is Norway’s important historical figure,” said Wanggaard.
As the first person to reach the South Pole, Amundsen used his ship to navigate the Arctic Ocean, but the ship was trapped in a sea of ice as it headed towards the North Pole.
“We are eager to tell the story of his trip to the Norwegian community,” Wanggaard added.
In 1906, Amundsen became the first European to successfully sail through the Northwest Passage (NWP) line in a short period of time from Europe to Asia. This is a travel route sought by explorers for centuries.
Amundsen sailed through the Northeast Passage (NP) route using its ship from 1918-1920.
Although this trip brought quite a lot of scientific findings, but his last attempt to reach a considerable distance on his way to the North Pole, did not go smoothly, which eventually made him return home.
The ship was named after the Queen of Norway, Maud. The ship was later sold to Hudson Bay company in 1925 and repaired by Baymaud after Amundsen experienced financial difficulties and eventually went bankrupt, so he sold it.