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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Page 10 ELECTROHOME Portable TV for Summer Fun The St. Roch Signet M14-401 12" screen size 100% Solid State chassis Operates on either home or battery power Earphone jack Monopole antenna Accessories included: earphone and DC battery power cord Two-tone pearl grey finish Dimensions 16" W x 1154" D x 11" H Perfect for trailers and campers. NOW ONLY Available Now At SAtfS SBWCE 3rd Avenue South 1238 3rd S. Phone 327-5020 The 80-ton "St Roch" was built in 1928 by the Burrard Dry Dock Company at North Vancouver for the RCMP's Arctic patrol service. Thick timbers of Douglas fir, and sheets of durable Australian gumwood were used to build the 104 foot long ship which was designed for long patrols, carrying supplies to the remote RCMP detachments in the North, and spending long winters locked in the Arctic ice. In 1940 the skipper of the "St. Sgt. Henry A. Larsen, received orders to sail from Vancouver to Halifax by way of the Northwest Passage. This route >he goal of explorers for cenlunes, had been conquered in an east west direction by Am _sen the "Gjoa" in 1903-06, and had not been traversed since The "St. Roch" left Vancouver on June and for the next 28 months the vessel was home to Sergeant Larsen and his nine man crew At times the going was rough, for the year 1940 was, as Larsen laconically put it, "bad for ice The vessel spent the winter of 194041 at Walker Bay on the west side of Victoria Island, and was not freed from the ice until July, 1941. Two months later the "floating detachment" was frozen again, this time at Pasley Bay near the Magnetic Pole, and re- mained there until August, 1942. Later in August, Larsen found a lead of open water and. navigating gingerly among strong currents and fast moving ice. sped her through the dangerous Bellot Strait The "St. Roch" met one of her hardest tests in the Strait but withstood the pressure of the grinding ice. The long voyage ended at Halifax on October and the "St. Roch" became the first vessel to navigate the Northwest Passage in a west east direction. In preparation for the return voyage in 1944, the "St Roch" was repaired, and her 150-h.p. diesel engine replaced by a 300- h.p. unit. Larsen was ordered to return to Vancouver by way of the Lancaster Sound route. The mile voyage began at Halifax on July 22 and was completed by Larsen and a crew of ten men at Vancouver on October 16 in 86 days. The "St. Roch" was the first vessel to complete the Northwest Passage in both directions. In her later years the "St. Roch" carried out several Arctic patrols. In 1950 she sailed from Vancouver to Halifax via the Panama Canal. Forf Whoop-Up JfS74 version Fort Whoop-Up, located near present-day Lethbridge, was reported to be occupied in 1874 by American whiskey pedlars and other unscrupulous white men trading with the Indians. It was deserted, however, when the North West Mounted Police arrived during their Great March West. Congratulations To ALBERTA R.C.M.P. on their "Century Celebrations" the LODGE MOTEL 94 Luxurious Units Air Conditioned, Cable Color TV and Radio. Heated Pool, Automatic Phones. Kitchenettes, Sauna Bath and Whirlpools, Complimentary Coffee, Toast Jam for ALL Guests. Southern Alberta's Finest 329-O100 Mayor Magrath Drive 7th Ave. South Lethbridge, Alberta ;