It all started when…

The Northwest Passage (NWP) is a navigable route first explored as a possible trade route to Asia. For centuries, many explorers and vessels have attempted to breach the NWP, the most famous being the Franklin Expedition. The first vessel in history to sail from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean via the Northwest Passage, the first vessel to sail the more northerly deep water Northwest Passage route and the first vessel to circumnavigate North America is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vessel, the St. Roch. This historic vessel is currently housed in the Vancouver Maritime Museum, a Canadian National Heritage Site.

To celebrate the heroic effort of many explorers who contributed to the discovery of the Northwest Passage, each year the Hall of Fame will induct one individual, vessel and expedition. For our inaugural year (2017), the Vancouver Maritime Museum chose the three inductees for historical reasons. For subsequent years, we would invite you to nominate individuals, vessels and expeditions to honour their achievements. A selection committee will decide on who the inductees will be each year, and the result will be announced at the annual award ceremony.

If you have any NWP-related information and materials that you’d like to share on this website, please contact our curator at curator@vanmaritime.com.