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e e e e e The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS MISSION SUPPLY SHIP NEARLY FOUNDERS ON FIRST TRIP NORTH By J. F. WILLIAMS MONTREAL.--The "Regina Polaris," supply ship for the 30 Arctic missions of the Hudson Bay Vicariate, miraculously escaped being wrecked on its first trip north, according to word received by members of the Oblate Community here. The "Regina Polaris," originally built as amtne sweeper for the Russians and purchased and re-designed for tile Arctic service last year by the Oblate Fathers, sailed from Montreal on August 14 on a 11,000 mile return trip to carry sup- plies to the Far Northern missionaries, whose vicariate covers an area of 1,000,- 000 square miles. The ship was taking over the supply work of the "M. F. The- rose," Oblate ship sunk in 1944 in an Are- tic storm. Aboard the "Regina Polaris" were Bishop Marc Lacroix, O.M.I., Vicar Apos- tolic of Hudson Bay; five Oblate mis- sionaries and a crew Of 12, when she set out from Montreal. The major part of the supply ship's work had been completed when disaster struck. This work included the delivery of mall, provisions and coal to the Oblates at Igloolik for the first time in eight years. This is some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Igloolik, site of the famous "Northwest Passage" was reach- ed on September 11, to the great Joy of missionaries who would otherwise have had to make a 500-mile trip by dog sled, southeast to Repulse Bay. "The return of the "Regina Polaris" from Igloolik to Repulse Bay was el letted without great danger but on the evening of September 20, riding at an- chor in the Bay, the ship was hit by one of the terrifying equinoctial storms, with a gale blowing at 70 miles an hour, and a blinding snow which reduced visibility to zero. At 5:30 on the morning of September 21, the anchors could not hold any longer. The ship began to drift rapidly towards the reefs offshore. The passengers were ordered to stand by the lifeboats, while Captain . W. Rodda, of England, strug- gled at the wheel. With the aid of in- stinct and prayer, he succeeded in guid- ing the ship through the reefs in the boiling sea, despite the lack of visibility. Relief was only temporary. He headed out to the deeper waters, but the strength of the storm was so great it forced the ship off course and hack towards shore. Suddenly the visibility cleared for a moment. It was seen that the ship was running almost straight for shore. The captain tried to swing her around but the ship did not respond because of the gale. Suddenly she ran aground in shal- low water. Crew and passengers threw what they could of the cargo overboard in an effort to lighten the ship. Efforts to refloat her failed, and slow- ly she turned on her side. For a time it was feai, ed she would founder, but she settled with a listing of 25 degrees. For- tm,ately the ship reposed on a sand bar. Had it been rock it would have been fatal for the ship. For the greater part of a day, the "Regina Polaris" remained in this pre- carious position, with Bishop Lacroix, missionaries and crew aboard. In the afternoon the prayers of the missionaries were answered. The storm abated, and with the arrival of high tide, Captain Rodda was able to refloat the ship and bring her haca "to a safe harbor, little the worse for wear. Cascade LAUNDRY and CLEANERS, Inc. We specialize in Rug Cleaning and Sizing 205 PROSPECT Phones, 66---67 Loft Electric Company Contracting  Repairing ELECTROAIRE FURNACES Clean, Odorless, gllent Safe ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE8 116 N. COMMERCIAL PHONE 4I PEARSON TIRE SERVICE 227 Prospect SL Phone 8075 BeiHnghm's Finest RECAPPING & VULCANIZING New and Used Tires LIBERTY CLEANERS AND DYERS Garments--HatsmRugs "DECIDEDLY BETTER" 1209 Cornwall Phone 703 JERRY'S RADIO ERNST OBEtRG MAGNAVOX RADIOS UNIVERSAl. APPLIANCES RECORDS RADIO REPAIRS 207 W. Holly St. Phone 4858 McBeafh Glass Co. 319 East Champion Bellingham B. F. GOODRICH COMPANY Retail Division 120 Grand Ave. Phone 2103 Bellingham BELLINGHAM ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL BELLINGHAM, WASH. New, Modern, Fireproot Building  Modern Equipment SCHOOL OF NURSING C?ONDUCTED BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF NEWARK SEASON'S GREETINGS Carr's Meat Market M. E. CARR Home Market Phone 2504 Luther Looker Section Page Forty-Seven FRIENDLIEST GREETINGS SIGNAL OIL CO, Complete line of Heating Oils and Petroleum Products Address: Squalicum Fill MR. YORKSTONE Phones 4649 and 125 Bellingham Greetings Pu00et Sound Pulp & Timber Co. BELLINGHAM CHISHOLM & EIFORD . General Contractors Telephone 8278 Bellingham, Wash. LUKE & CREWS, INC. Window Shades - Venetian Blinds Shades Repaired. LINOLEUM 8alel and Installation P.O. ]Box B4 1418 IR. R. AVE, PHONE 8265 PARBERRY IRON & METAL CO. Top Prices for All Metal Junk, Scrap Iron, Rags, Sacks. We Rent House Jacks. 50e Potter St. If It's Made of Canvas, We Make It Belllngham N. R. S. GROCERY 1814 Bay St. Phone 465 STAPLE and FANCY GROCERIES FRUITS - VEGETABLES BAKERY GOODS Fresh & Cured Mets, Delivery Service RAY'S FRAME & AXLE SERVICE Stop Excessive Tire Wear By Having Front System Aligned and Wheels Balanced 116 Unity St. Phone 1240 YELLOW CAB 24-Hour Service Safe, Courteous Drivers "The Thinking Fellow Calls A Yellow" 100 EAST CHESTNUT PHONE 86 If It comes from THIEL& WELTER You Know It's Right COMPLETE HOUSE FURNISHERS Belllngham's Home-owned Store PARKER'S TENT & AWNING CO. "JUST A SHADE BETTER" If It's Made of Canvas, We Make it Belllngham 509 Potter t. 2215 D SEASON'S GIEETINGS HATFIELD'S "Your Cleoners" Phone 11 Bellingham W. T. LOCKWOOD COMPANY Plumbing and Heating CONTRACTOR8- ENGINEERS Phone 782 Res. 2488 or 1470 1304 State Street COAST TRANSIT CO., INC. Dally Service between Belllngham & Seattle Bellingham 1109 R. R. Ave., Phone 976 Seattle--1540 4th Ave. South, SE.0730 RED'S TRANSFER Moving - Local or Long Distance COAL for Range, Heater, Furnace or Stoker Bellingham Public Market Phone 944 , Night 3312-W I HOFF & PINKEY, INC. 112 Ohio St. Phone 1278 Lumber - Mouldings- Shingles - Lath paint.. 8as and Doors - Hardware Greetings FAIRHAVEN PHARMACY lllB Harris Phone 611 YORK ADDITION GROCERY Geo, Manley, Pzp. FANCY AND STAPLE GROCERIES Complete Line of Honor Brand Frozen Fruits and Vegetables 514 Potter St. Belllngham Ph. 623 or 624 -COAL Building Material LIND GRAVE_ CO. Phone 302 1530 State .t. r e Sfark & Olson (Formerly "Shaw'W') GREENHOUSE AND FLORAL SHOP IN00 Northwelt Ave. Phons 1780 Belllngham ROBBIE'S REFRIGERATION SERVICE Service on Commercial and Domestic . Refrigerators ALL HOME APPLIANCES 15 Cornwall Phone 987 C. T, "BUS" CHARLES 1309-A R. R. Ave. Phone 645 Day or Night Speializing in Keys - Locks - Door Closers Safes and Locks CLARK FEEDS  S!!r' FEEDS - SEEDS . UU: : 3 Birds, Pets and Pet Stock, F ctt;; c;', Hay and Straw R.R. and Magnolia p;, - 1:C 1I m e e e e e The CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS MISSION SUPPLY SHIP NEARLY FOUNDERS ON FIRST TRIP NORTH By J. F. WILLIAMS MONTREAL.--The "Regina Polaris," supply ship for the 30 Arctic missions of the Hudson Bay Vicariate, miraculously escaped being wrecked on its first trip north, according to word received by members of the Oblate Community here. The "Regina Polaris," originally built as amtne sweeper for the Russians and purchased and re-designed for tile Arctic service last year by the Oblate Fathers, sailed from Montreal on August 14 on a 11,000 mile return trip to carry sup- plies to the Far Northern missionaries, whose vicariate covers an area of 1,000,- 000 square miles. The ship was taking over the supply work of the "M. F. The- rose," Oblate ship sunk in 1944 in an Are- tic storm. Aboard the "Regina Polaris" were Bishop Marc Lacroix, O.M.I., Vicar Apos- tolic of Hudson Bay; five Oblate mis- sionaries and a crew Of 12, when she set out from Montreal. The major part of the supply ship's work had been completed when disaster struck. This work included the delivery of mall, provisions and coal to the Oblates at Igloolik for the first time in eight years. This is some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Igloolik, site of the famous "Northwest Passage" was reach- ed on September 11, to the great Joy of missionaries who would otherwise have had to make a 500-mile trip by dog sled, southeast to Repulse Bay. "The return of the "Regina Polaris" from Igloolik to Repulse Bay was el letted without great danger but on the evening of September 20, riding at an- chor in the Bay, the ship was hit by one of the terrifying equinoctial storms, with a gale blowing at 70 miles an hour, and a blinding snow which reduced visibility to zero. At 5:30 on the morning of September 21, the anchors could not hold any longer. The ship began to drift rapidly towards the reefs offshore. The passengers were ordered to stand by the lifeboats, while Captain . W. Rodda, of England, strug- gled at the wheel. With the aid of in- stinct and prayer, he succeeded in guid- ing the ship through the reefs in the boiling sea, despite the lack of visibility. Relief was only temporary. He headed out to the deeper waters, but the strength of the storm was so great it forced the ship off course and hack towards shore. Suddenly the visibility cleared for a moment. It was seen that the ship was running almost straight for shore. The captain tried to swing her around but the ship did not respond because of the gale. Suddenly she ran aground in shal- low water. Crew and passengers threw what they could of the cargo overboard in an effort to lighten the ship. Efforts to refloat her failed, and slow- ly she turned on her side. For a time it was feai, ed she would founder, but she settled with a listing of 25 degrees. For- tm,ately the ship reposed on a sand bar. Had it been rock it would have been fatal for the ship. For the greater part of a day, the "Regina Polaris" remained in this pre- carious position, with Bishop Lacroix, missionaries and crew aboard. In the afternoon the prayers of the missionaries were answered. The storm abated, and with the arrival of high tide, Captain Rodda was able to refloat the ship and bring her haca "to a safe harbor, little the worse for wear. Cascade LAUNDRY and CLEANERS, Inc. We specialize in Rug Cleaning and Sizing 205 PROSPECT Phones, 66---67 Loft Electric Company Contracting  Repairing ELECTROAIRE FURNACES Clean, Odorless, gllent Safe ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE8 116 N. COMMERCIAL PHONE 4I PEARSON TIRE SERVICE 227 Prospect SL Phone 8075 BeiHnghm's Finest RECAPPING & VULCANIZING New and Used Tires LIBERTY CLEANERS AND DYERS Garments--HatsmRugs "DECIDEDLY BETTER" 1209 Cornwall Phone 703 JERRY'S RADIO ERNST OBEtRG MAGNAVOX RADIOS UNIVERSAl. APPLIANCES RECORDS RADIO REPAIRS 207 W. Holly St. Phone 4858 McBeafh Glass Co. 319 East Champion Bellingham B. F. GOODRICH COMPANY Retail Division 120 Grand Ave. Phone 2103 Bellingham BELLINGHAM ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL BELLINGHAM, WASH. New, Modern, Fireproot Building  Modern Equipment SCHOOL OF NURSING C?ONDUCTED BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF NEWARK SEASON'S GREETINGS Carr's Meat Market M. E. CARR Home Market Phone 2504 Luther Looker Section Page Forty-Seven FRIENDLIEST GREETINGS SIGNAL OIL CO, Complete line of Heating Oils and Petroleum Products Address: Squalicum Fill MR. YORKSTONE Phones 4649 and 125 Bellingham Greetings Pu00et Sound Pulp & Timber Co. BELLINGHAM CHISHOLM & EIFORD . General Contractors Telephone 8278 Bellingham, Wash. LUKE & CREWS, INC. Window Shades - Venetian Blinds Shades Repaired. LINOLEUM 8alel and Installation P.O. ]Box B4 1418 IR. R. AVE, PHONE 8265 PARBERRY IRON & METAL CO. Top Prices for All Metal Junk, Scrap Iron, Rags, Sacks. We Rent House Jacks. 50e Potter St. If It's Made of Canvas, We Make It Belllngham N. R. S. GROCERY 1814 Bay St. Phone 465 STAPLE and FANCY GROCERIES FRUITS - VEGETABLES BAKERY GOODS Fresh & Cured Mets, Delivery Service RAY'S FRAME & AXLE SERVICE Stop Excessive Tire Wear By Having Front System Aligned and Wheels Balanced 116 Unity St. Phone 1240 YELLOW CAB 24-Hour Service Safe, Courteous Drivers "The Thinking Fellow Calls A Yellow" 100 EAST CHESTNUT PHONE 86 If It comes from THIEL& WELTER You Know It's Right COMPLETE HOUSE FURNISHERS Belllngham's Home-owned Store PARKER'S TENT & AWNING CO. "JUST A SHADE BETTER" If It's Made of Canvas, We Make it Belllngham 509 Potter t. 2215 D SEASON'S GIEETINGS HATFIELD'S "Your Cleoners" Phone 11 Bellingham W. T. LOCKWOOD COMPANY Plumbing and Heating CONTRACTOR8- ENGINEERS Phone 782 Res. 2488 or 1470 1304 State Street COAST TRANSIT CO., INC. Dally Service between Belllngham & Seattle Bellingham 1109 R. R. Ave., Phone 976 Seattle--1540 4th Ave. South, SE.0730 RED'S TRANSFER Moving - Local or Long Distance COAL for Range, Heater, Furnace or Stoker Bellingham Public Market Phone 944 , Night 3312-W I HOFF & PINKEY, INC. 112 Ohio St. Phone 1278 Lumber - Mouldings- Shingles - Lath paint.. 8as and Doors - Hardware Greetings FAIRHAVEN PHARMACY lllB Harris Phone 611 YORK ADDITION GROCERY Geo, Manley, Pzp. FANCY AND STAPLE GROCERIES Complete Line of Honor Brand Frozen Fruits and Vegetables 514 Potter St. Belllngham Ph. 623 or 624 -COAL Building Material LIND GRAVE_ CO. Phone 302 1530 State .t. r e Sfark & Olson (Formerly "Shaw'W') GREENHOUSE AND FLORAL SHOP IN00 Northwelt Ave. Phons 1780 Belllngham ROBBIE'S REFRIGERATION SERVICE Service on Commercial and Domestic . Refrigerators ALL HOME APPLIANCES 15 Cornwall Phone 987 C. T, "BUS" CHARLES 1309-A R. R. Ave. Phone 645 Day or Night Speializing in Keys - Locks - Door Closers Safes and Locks CLARK FEEDS  S!!r' FEEDS - SEEDS . UU: : 3 Birds, Pets and Pet Stock, F ctt;; c;', Hay and Straw R.R. and Magnolia p;, - 1:C 1I m