Discover Churchill Lights

Northern lights in Churchill

The Ithaca shipwreck under the frenetic aurora in Churchill, Manitoba. Discover Churchill photo.


Northern lights in Churchill, Manitoba

Glimmering northern lights over the fringes of the boreal forest near Churchill, Manitoba.

These two images from Alex de Vries – magnifico and Discover Churchill are timeless and electrifying all at once. The Ithaca comes back to life as it slowly decays in the Hudson Bay up the coast from the town of Churchill. The ice and lights seem to give the forlorn ship inertia to launch itself into the frigid, glowing sky in search of Franklin and his doomed expedition.

The following aurora borealis shot in the dark is one of surprise and emergence from the boreal forest into the frozen tundra underneath the green sky of the timeless Arctic frontier. Churchill lies on the edge of a white and green world that the mind uses as a jumping-off point to dream of adventure in this world of raw nature! Enjoy!


On Location – Churchill Photos

Alex DeVries – Magnifico’s unique look at the Ithaca shipwreck and Miss Piggy are exceptional creative images. Although these have been extensively photographed over the years, these perspectives and darkness give them a completely different feel. The northern lights also are are amazing as they have been all month in Churchill. Northern lights season is coming to an end with aurora continuing to shine in the Churchill skies.

Ithaca shipwreck in the Hudson Bay ice.

Ithaca shipwreck in Hudson Bay ice. Alex De Vries Magnifico photo.

Ithaca shipwreck in the Hudson Bay.

Ithaca shipwreck in the Hudson Bay pack ice. Alex De Vries – Magnifico photo.

Miss Piggy in Churchill, Manitoba.

Miss Piggy under the northern lights. Alex De Vries –

Northern lights and the boreal forest.

Northern lights over the boreal forest with moon. Alex De Vries Magnifico photo.

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Churchill Shipwreck- The Iconic MV Ithaca

If you have been to Churchill you have more than likely seen the infamous Ithaca shipwreck just off the coast heading toward the airport or polar rover launch-site.  The ship rests on the sea-bed 12 miles east of Churchill in Bird Cove.

Built in Three – Rivers, Quebec the Ithaca is eighty meters in length. Operated by the Clarke Steamship Company to deliver nickel concentrate from the works at Rankin Inlet, she sailed from Churchill on 10 September 1960 to collect her cargo, carrying supplies for the settlement. The ship’s rudder fractured in an 80 mph gale force wind and when anchors failed to hold she ran aground on September 14, 1960. The vessel came to rest on the rocky shoals, where it sits today, and all 37 men aboard were rescued.

MV Ithaca

MV Ithaca (September 2012)
Source: Heidi den Haan

Low tide often allows locals and travelers to walk out to the wreck and gain a close-up vantage point of the rusty behemoth. You will need to keep an eye on the tide chart however as you might end booked in a “rustic” cabin heading nowhere fast. It has happened.

There’s a bit more history of the Ithaca but this is the main crux of the wreck. It stands in the Hudson Bay as a monument to all those seamen that have traveled the waters of the north.

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