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Jan Wanggaard / Maud Returns Home

After 100 years, explorer’s ship returns to Norway

Roald Amundsen’s ship Maud was built in Vollen near Oslo; now a new museum will display the vessel.

A new museum in Vollen near Oslo is preparing for the arrival on August 18 of what will be its tourist attraction centrepiece – the ice-going ship used by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen when he tried to reach the North Pole.

The wreck of the Maud has returned to Norway for the first time after almost a century, pulled into the docks in Bergen on Monday morning after a six-week journey across the Atlantic.

It had been resting in a harbour in Greenland since it was raised two years ago, The Local writes.

“It feels absolutely fantastic to know that Maud is finally back in Norway after nearly 100 years,” said Jan Wanggaard, who led the project. “It brings joy to our hearts to see Maud, still proud after all these years, see her old homeland once again.”

Amundsen’s other two polar vessels, Gjoa and Fram, are on show at the Norwegian Maritime Museum in Oslo. Maud will now be patched up and displayed in Vollen, Asker – where it was originally built and named after the then queen of Norway.

Northern exposure
When Amundsen launched Maud in June 1916, he was an international celebrity for leading the first expedition to reach the South Pole in 1911. Next, Amundsen’s plan was to reach the North Pole by letting Maud freeze in the ice, thinking it could then slowly float over the pole embedded in the ice sheet.

Eventually failing in this task, he sailed the North East passage, reaching Nome, Alaska where the ship was sold to the fur-trading Hudson’s Bay Company.

By 1990, Maud was a half-submerged wreck and it was sold to the county of Asker. But it was not until 2016 that the vessel was finally raised and moved to Greenland.

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