In Photos: Norwegian Explorer's Ship Raised from the Arctic

Floating to the top

The Maud Raised Out of the Water

(Image credit: Jan Wanggaard/Maud Returns Home)

The Maud, a Norwegian ice-faring ship built for the explorer Roald Amundsen, had been sitting in shallow water off the coast of northern Canada since 1930 — that is until this summer, when it was raised to the surface.

A Norwegian team lifted the heavy oak ship out of water with the help of air bags. [Read full story about the Maud]

Vessel of exploration

Amundsen's Ship

(Image credit: Jan Wanggaard/Maud Returns Home)

Amundsen used the ship to explore the Arctic from 1918 to 1925. His team recorded many scientific observations and successfully sailed through a Northeast passage from Norway to Alaska. The Maud, then owned by the Hudson's Bay Company, sank after it sprung a leak in 1930.

An icy wait

The Maud on a Barge

(Image credit: Jan Wanggaard/Maud Returns Home)

The massive ship will spend the upcoming winter in Canada, sitting on a barge, surrounded by ice. The salvage team has to wait until the ice clears next summer to begin moving Maud back to Norway.

Returning home

The Maud

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This photo, taken on Jan. 8, 1926, shows the Maud returning from the Arctic. The ship, captained by Roald Amundsen, was trapped for two years in the Arctic ice-pack with a crew of eight on board.

Splintered ship

The Maud

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Though some of the wood had been salvaged from the ship for fuel, the Maud is in good condition and will be preserved in a custom-made museum in Vollen, Norway.

Swab the deck

Salvaging the Maud

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This is what the Maud looked like after loose material and lots of mud was cleared.

Polar explorer

Roald Amundsen

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This photo, circa 1910, shows Norwegian Polar explorer Roald Amundsen.

Megan Gannon
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