A standout from the start with her crisp white hull in a sea of blue Perini Navi’s. She was built by the venerable Italian craftsmen and women at Perini Navi in 2006 and has cruised extensively since her launch. She actively participates in sporty regattas, but this summer has taken on a new adventure to explore the Nothwest Passage.
After months of preparations, Rosehearty left Newport, Rhode Island in early July for her venturesome summer plan to transit the Northwest Passage. Rosehearty’s itinerary included following the trail of one of the “Barrows Boys”, John Franklin, the British explorer, with the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, commissioned by Admiral Barrows. The “Lost” Franklin exploration attempted to traverse the last unnavigated section of the Northwest Passage in 1845, with 24 officers and 110 men. They presumably got stuck in the ice and never came out. Four years later the British Admiralty sent two expeditions to look for them, one from East and one from the West. The hunt for the Franklin expedition, at one point in 1850 involved eleven British and two American ships. The rescuers from the East eventually had to look for the rescuers from the West, getting stuck in the ice themselves. Many credit Franklin with discovery of the Northwest Passage, but it was actually discovered by John Rae.
There have been books written about Franklin’s explorations and the rescue missions called “In the Kingdom of Ice” and “Fatal Passage” and other foreboding titles. Rosehearty planned a much shorter trip than Franklin’s by far, but still covered over 1,000 nautical miles in months. Climate change was actually an advantage to her trip, because she was able to navigate through the ice patches with ease. Their first leg took Rosehearty to Qeqertarsuag (Disco) Greenland, then across Baffin Bay to Resolute Bay.
In addition to utilizing expert logistics consultants at Eyos Expeditions, a professional ice pilot, professional lecturer/guide and Inuit local explorer will also join the crew.
Rosehearty’s resident drone flyer and engineer on board Richard Smith will undoubtedly capture many wonderful and memorable moments of the Passage.
Later this year, Rosehearty head to warmer climates and will stop off in Mexico and Costa Rica before spending the holidays in the Caribbean.
Thank you to the captain and crew for sharing their amazing voyage with the world. For a taste of the adventure visit Rosehearty’s Blog.
Rosehearty’s Northwest Passage Blog: http://www.syrosehearty.com/blog/