Ornithology W.E. Clyde Todd Return Home
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“Modern” transportation in the Far North of the early 20th century was non-existent. Because the steamer ships only came through the most remote areas once a year, supplies had to be sent to the region a full year in advance, there to wait until the scientists arrived. Todd observed that the arrival of a supply ship practically qualified as a holiday, and that the local residents always came out to watch:

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"The supply steamer Nascopie was daily expected, and actually arrived before the post on October 2, a day after we got back ourselves.

"This is the event of the year at this out-of-the-way post, and is naturally the occasion for much jollification . . ."

Photo: Group of Inuit from the Belcher Islands watching from the shore in 1915.

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