It might have been cold in Ottawa this winter but…

During a 1745 voyage of discovery to Hudson Bay, two vessels of 74 men spent the winter at Ten Shilling Creek on the Hayes River. “One feckless individual was carrying an open bottle of brandy to his tent using his finger as a stopper, only to find that his finger had frozen in the neck of the bottle and had to be amputated.” from Arctic Labrinth by Glyn Williams

Likely the men had hunted high and low for the misplaced cork and couldn’t put their finger on it. 😉

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About Season Osborne

I am a writer with a passion for Arctic history. After finding a photo of Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, who claimed the Arctic for Canada in 1909, I was inspired to write my master’s thesis on Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty. This ultimately led to extensive research into Canadian and ‘foreign’ expeditions to the North, which morphed into my recent book, In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912.
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One Response to It might have been cold in Ottawa this winter but…

  1. AJ says:

    Interesting news. Oh, that must have hurt!!!
    AJ

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