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Amundsen Wreck Denied Export Permit

Canada won't allow Norwegian salvage

On Thursday, Canadian authorities denied a request by Norwegian investors to salvage a ship once captained by explorer Roald Amundsen and currently wrecked in an Arctic harbor off Nunavut. The investors, who bought the wreck from the Hudson Bay Company in 1990 for $1, were preparing a multi-million dollar operation to tow the Maud back to Norway for display in a museum. The Canadian Heritage Minister has determined that the ship is of national significance and that "a full archeological study" must be conducted before it can be moved. A spokesperson for the Norwegian group says they will appeal the decision. Amundsen commissioned the Maud to explore the Northeast Passage in 1916, an expedition that ultimately ended in failure. The ship was seized by creditors in 1925 as collateral for the explorer's debt. Amundsen disappeared in a plane crash three years later. 

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