The Manitoba Museum is marking the 40th anniversary of the Nonsuch ship’s arrival to Winnipeg this weekend.
More than four million visitors have walked the ship’s deck in that time, so it’s fitting a “Love Thy Nonsuch” campaign is also being launched.
Throughout the month of November, special programming is being offered to explore the Nonsuch, including below-deck tours every Saturday and Sunday (1-4 p.m.), which haven’t been offered since 2007.
HBC curator Amelia Fay will speak at 2 p.m. this afternoon on Being First Isn’t Everything: Early Exploration & The Role of the Nonsuch. Bill Fernie and Ed Douglas will speak at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 on blacksmithing and woodworking in the fur trade era. These presentations are free with regular museum admission.
The ship has sat at the Manitoba Museum since November 1973, when it was hoisted by crane into the building following a difficult reconstruction and a long journey from England.
To contribute to the conservation of the Nonsuch, visit the Manitoba Museum’s website.