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Registered: December 2009
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Deep within the Manitoba Museum is found a ship that is very important in the history of Canada. This is the Nonsuch.

The Nonsuch was the ketch that sailed into Hudson Bay in 1668-1669 under Zachariah Gillam, in the first trading voyage for what was to become the Hudson's Bay Company two years later. Originally built as a merchant ship in 1650, and later the Royal Navy ketch HMS Nonsuch, the vessel was sold to Sir William Warren in 1667. The name means "none such", i.e. "unequalled". The ship was at the time considered smaller than many others but was specifically selected because of its small size so that when she arrived in the Hudson Bay and the James Bay she could be sailed up-river and taken out of water so the thick ice of the bay wouldn't crush her.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of HBC a replica of the Nonsuch was built by Messrs. J. Hinks and Sons of Appledore, Devon. She was launched in August 1968 and shipped to Canada in 1970. She sailed around Lake Ontario in 1970 and 1971 and through the Welland Canal into Lake Erie, and as far as Chicago. In 1972 she was transported to Seattle and after spending some time there sailed up to British Columbia making several ports of call along the coast. Today the Nonsuch replica has a permanent home in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Museum "moored" at a recreation of the 17th c. London docks.

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Keywords: Nonsuch. Hudson's Bay Company, Manitoba Museum
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Wed November 18, 2015 2:29pm

Interesting. Although the name is as you say, it is also follows Henry VIIIs greatest "Nonsuch Palace" which predates HMS Nonsuch and it's forbears of the same name. [ link ]
I know the area quite well there being still a park named Nonsuch on the site not far from my house and in fact where my school sports were taught at Ewell playing fields.
Your picture shows the replica HMS Nonsuch to be a pretty ship and she must look a glorious site under full sail. Is she still taken out to sea? It is a shame if she is not for such a relatively young ship and, one would assume, a rather large financial outlay to have her built.

Registered: November 2008
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Thu November 19, 2015 8:20pm

As Vic says Jan a pretty ship. Game people who sailed those small ships. Not for me, if I can't see land I can't stay on a boat,

Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Sun November 22, 2015 9:51am

Interesting information Jan - great looking ship. Reminds me of the 'Matthew' replica built in Bristol a year or two ago and now, after crossing the Atlantic and returning, is now moored in Bristol Docks and gives a sail around the docks.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 72
Thu December 3, 2015 12:08pm

When I saw the name of this ship, i Too thought of the palace in Nonsuch park. I lived in nearby North Cheam, during the second world war.As a kid I used to fish for tiddlers in the brook near Ewell, as VeeJay mentioned.
This is a beautiful ship and Appledore Devon is a lovely place, where the ship had been built.

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