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Stop over : Gjoa Haven
(Nunavut - Canada)
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Stop over
Gjoa Haven (Nunavut - Canada)
(August 17 - 20, 2008 )

August 20, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 6)
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada.
22h30 local time

We finish our stop over in Gjoa Haven by a big day of interview. As usually, we feel a strong frustration leaving too quickly. We would like to know and enjoy more all people we met. But the expedition keeps going on.
Tomorrow we set sails for tuktoyaktuk.


Interviewing the conservation officier   - Gabriel Pitras

Interviewing the conservation officier
Photo Gabriel Pitras
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August 19, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 6)
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada.
23h30 local time

After breakfast, we’re manoeuvring next to the beach to refill our tanks of diesel and water. It’s not easy, the wind is strong and a shallow area doesn’t give us the access to the only small dock where trucks can come closer. We’re obliged to stay six or seven meters away. All hands are on the deck. Two hours later, it’s finish with the satisfaction we
do not use our 60 litres drums. We can go to the school where students are waiting for us for a presentation of the expedition. It’s an opportunity for us to have their point of view about global warming.
Outside the bay, the Canadian icebreaker “Wilfrid Laurier” is embarking an archaeological mission who searches for the wrecks of “Terror” and “Erebus” from the Franklin expedition. Gjoa Haven is really in touch with the History.


Water and fuel refilling   - Gabriel Pitras

Water and fuel refilling
Photo Gabriel Pitras
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August 18, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 6)
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada.
23h20 local time

Today was a busy day as usual during our stop over. Interviews, provisioning, setting appointment for diesel and water. Paul Ikuallaq, grand son of Amundsen, welcomes us to his home. It’s nice to see him again after 9 years. He told us that a cousin from Norway paid them a visit last year. Georges Porter, welcomes us too. He is the oldest native of the community and had a lot to tell us about changes.
In the afternoon, the sun comes, the temperature is getting warmer. This morning we had a bit of snow.


Gjoa Haven down town   - Gabriel Pitras

Gjoa Haven down town
Photo Gabriel Pitras
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August 17, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 6)
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada.
23h15 local time

This morning, we put our Norwegian flag up again in memory of Roald Amundsen.
The village is calm. We take the advantage of this quiet day to burn CD and DVD we’ll give tomorrow to a crewmember who fly back to Europe. We take the first contacts for our fields investigation.


Homage to Roald Amundsen  - Gabriel Pitras

Homage to Roald Amundsen
Photo Gabriel Pitras
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