15th May, 2016

George Donald Photos

George Donald worked at the weather station at Sachs Harbour, Banks Island in the late 1950′s. His son, Paul Morgan Donald, kindly shared some of his photos with us. Paul writes, “He was a Scottish merchant seaman, and the dreamy look he would get speaking of the North Star years later makes me very happy […]

We have started in on refreshing the ship’s sail inventory with a particular attention to the squares’ls. If you are in the Vancouver area and have an old sail or two that you can donate then please be in touch with us or just leave it on deck. Thank you.

10th Jan, 2016

Sails Wanted

The ship needs new sails. Sheila built most of a set of square sails many years ago and these have now done their duty (and then some). We are in need of old sails that we can cut panels out of to make the new suit and are looking for donations of these of all […]

10th Jan, 2016

January 2016

An icy, foggy day at Heritage Harbour at the Vancouver Maritime Museum starts off the year. We are making plans for our 2016 sailing season and continuing on working on some exciting options for 2017. Thank you to all of the ship’s supporters!

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, […]