Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrated the inauguration and installation of The Northwest Passage Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 28, 2017. It was a gala evening with more than a hundred guests participating in this historic event: among those present were 98-year-old Eugene “ Dean” Hadley, the radio-officer on board the St. Roch on the 1940-1942 voyage, Captain Henry Larsen’s children, Doreen and Gordon, plus Sven Johansson (91), the first man to sail a yacht through the Northwest Passage (west to east) during the 1982-1989 expedition led by John Bockstoce.
Photo above: Eugene "Dean" Hadley (RCMP), radio operator on board St. Roch 1940-42.
This year’s inaugural inductees for 2017 were:
a) Category Individual – Eugene “Dean” Hadley (RCMP), radio operator on board St. Roch 1940-42;
b) Category Vessel – RCMP St. Roch, first vessel to transit the NWP from west to east;
c) Category Expedition – Hudson Bay Company’s ship Aklavik and the first commercial use of the NWP.
The Northwest Passage Hall of Fame will be an annual fundraising event at VMM with all proceeds going to support their collections, and the many educational and public programs. It will be held next year, 2018, on October 18.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum was founded in 1959 and is a world-leading maritime museum, library archive and heritage centre. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is home of the RCMP St. Roch – a National Historic Site. VMM’s mission is to be a centre for dialogue, education, research, artistic expression and experience regarding the maritime heritage of the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.