He was assigned as first mate to RCMP schooner ST. ROCH on her maiden voyage to the western Arctic in 1928; later that year he was made skipper, a position he retained until 1948. Under Larsen, called by the Inuit "Hanorie Umiarjuag" or "Henry with the Big Ship," the St. Roch patrolled the Canadian Arctic coast, often wintering in the North. The first ship to traverse the NORTHWEST PASSAGE from west to east (1940-42), it was the first to make the passage in both directions (1944); later it was the first ship to circumnavigate North America (1950). Larsen retired with the rank of superintendent in 1961.
Author W.R. MORRISON
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Henry Larsen's Northwest Passages
This NFB site features photos from the documentary "Henry Larsen's Northwest Passages."