Lost 81 years ago, the Baychimo is a real life ghost ship of the Northwest territories and Alaska. In 1931, this Hudson Bay Company steel cargo ship was thoroughly stuck in an ice pack. The crew was ready to wait out the winter in a makeshift camp set up nearby, but on the night of November  24 a violent blizzard hit and there was no sign of the ship when weather cleared. it was assumed the Baychimo had sunk in the storm.

Just a few days later, it was spotted floating over seventy kilometres away. the ship was stripped of its valuables and expected to sink in the winter. But over the following decades, there have been dozens of sightings of the ship still drifting along the Northwest coast, all salvage attempts failed, one of which had a group trapped on-board for over a week due to an unexpected storm.

The last sighting was in1969, and it is unknown what ultimately became of the Baychimo. 

The Baychimo, a 1,322 ton steam ship owned by the Hudson Bay Trading Company, regularly traveled to Alaska and British Columbia transporting goods and passengers, and fur trading with the Inuit who lived along the Beaufort Sea.

On October 1, 1931, Baychimo was making a return trip to Vancouver. She’d completed a run to Victoria Island, and her hold was stuffed with furs. Unfortunately for captain John Cornwell and the crew, winter arrived sooner than expected with freezing temperatures, strong winds, and the threat of blizzards. Baychimo became stuck fast in the pack-ice, and the crew were helpless to do anything except wait.

Luck seemed to be on the captain’s side since two days later, the ice shifted and Baychimo broke free, but Dame Fortune was fickle. The ship continued to be trapped, then released by the thickening ice. By October 15, the Hudson Bay Company sent airplanes to rescue twenty-two of the crew, but the captain and fourteen other crew members stayed behind, building a shelter on the ice. Imagine their surprise when they awoke on November 25, the morning after a terrible blizzard, to find Baychimo gone.

A few days later, a seal hunter told Cornwell he’d spotted the ship adrift about forty-four miles (71 km) southwest. As time passed, the company continued to receive reports from eyewitnesses who had seen the drifting ghost ship. By 1939, scores of sightings were reported. However, no one was able to catch up to Baychimo, which continued to uncannily elude pursuit. The last sighting occurred in 1969. Despite recent searches, the ship’s ultimate fate remains unknown.

From 10 Strange Little-Known Unsolved Mysteries

at Listverse.com

In 1931, the cargo steamer Baychimo ran into a blizzard and got trapped in the ice. The crew camped out on the ice and, when they woke up in the morning, the Baychimo was gone.

Over the years there have been dozens of sightings of the ghostly ship, always in a different place, but it has never been recovered.

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