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The search for Nova Zembla: Seven Hours, a Rubber Dinghy, and a Shipwreck!

25th March @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

At 10.20 pm on 18th September 1902, the men of the Dundee whaler Nova Zembla awoke to unmistakable sounds: her timbers being crushed against the reef below. Running for the safety of a natural harbour during a blinding Arctic storm, she had ran aground on one of the most remote stretches of the Baffin Island coast.

Sailing in the death throes of the once industrious Arctic whaling trade, Nova Zembla was soon forgotten, left on a desolate and unreachable coastline, high in the frozen Arctic.

In early 2018, during his research at the Arctic Institute of North America, Dr. Matthew Ayre uncovered a first-hand account of Nova Zembla’s loss. Teaming up with a colleague and an underwater archaeologist, Dr. Michael Moloney, the pair began to piece together other historical clues about the wrecks position.

Less than six months later they lead a Royal Canadian Geographical Society expedition to this remote Arctic coastline in search of Nova Zembla. But there was a slight problem. They had only a seven hour window to find the missing shipwreck…

Join Dr. Matthew Ayre at our offices in Perth to find out what happened…


Royal Scottish Geographical Society


Royal Scottish Geographical Society
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Perth, Scotland PH1 5LU United Kingdom
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