In the late 1970′s North Star of Herschel Island was hired by the International Boundary Commission to deliver supplies and workers to the field and act as a floating base camp on the west coast. The IBC was blazing a trail demarking the USA/Canada border which involved chopping down any and all trees in the […]

Martina Amos of Gwi’chin heritage and Joel Amos, great-grandson of Fred and Lucy Carpenter who grew up in Sachs Harbour were aboard for their visit to the ship today. Joel grew up hearing stories about North Star, some of them from his grandmother (Fred’s daughter, Agnes, raised by his sister, Susie Sidney) and they both […]

The summer of 2015 was mainly spent in the engine room but the result is a finely tuned motor with many new parts. A special thank you to Dave Glisinski who took many parts to his shop to pressure test and clean them and replaced others that have been doing their duty since 1971 when […]

5th Feb, 2015

LUNA joins ship

Happy to welcome aboard Luna, a little black dog born on the streets of Mexico. So far she is not thrilled with the rain and lower temperature but we are sure that she will soon love the life of a sea-dog.

27th Oct, 2014

Dick Hill Visits Ship

Arctic author, historian and former resident of the western Arctic, Dick Hill, was aboard last week with some of hos family. Dick is well known for his book on the history of Inuvik but he has a special connection to the ship since he used to work with Sven and Norma Johansson in the Arctic.

We were very happy to receive northern visitors and North Star alumnus, Margaret Pokiak – Fenton and on another day, her brother Ernest Pokiak. Both siblings shared their memories of their early years aboard North Star. Margaret has published two books dealing with that time in her life and one of them, entitled fatty legs, […]

14th Aug, 2014


Our mascot and Canadian Sea Dog, Stella, passed away this morning aboard ship after a short bout with cancer. She was only ten years old but had made friends in every port that we have stopped in. She will be missed.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum has extended a kind invitation to Canada’s Arctic tall ship to moor at their Heritage Harbour for the winter. Our new mailing address is: North Star of Herschel Island Heritage Harbour 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1A3

On June 15th, 2013 at 0600 we cast off from Victoria, B.C. and headed out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. ┬áConditions were light. The engine had been producing some steam from the oil pan but we had been assured that this would burn off by our shore mechanic. It continued to produce steam […]

CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigy aboard yesterday for a tour of the ship and to hear her amazing story and also to learn about the book. The show will be aired in the near future and I will put up a link here.