On August 27, CLIPPER ADVENTURER (ex ALLA TARASOVA), a 1975-built passenger ship with 128 passengers and 69 crew members on board, ran aground on an uncharted rock in the Arctic Ocean while on a cruise through the Northwest Passage. No injuries were reported and the passengers have been transferred to Kugluktuk, a former copper mine town of about 1,300 souls in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada. Operated by Adventure Canada, the ship is described as an A-1 ice class ship for unrestricted passenger service. The 330 foot vessel ran around on Friday August 27, and several attempts have been made to free her while the passengers remained on board. The Canadian Coast Guard evacuated the passengers using the icebreaker AMUNDSEN. From the hamlet of Kugluktuk, passengers will be then flown to Edmonton, Canada.
Efforts to free the ship continued in calm weather and on September 14, with the help of four commercial tugs CLIPPER ADVENTURER was pulled free. The Coast Guard reports that there were no injuries or leaks.
MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland. Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.