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Mapping the wreck of Scottish whaling vessel Nova Zembla (149194)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Michael Moloney
Company: Arctic Institute of North America
Start Date: 2019-08-26
End Date: 2019-08-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This project will visually map the extent and digitally photograph the terrestrial and marine remains surviving from the recently discovered 1902 wreck of Scottish whaling vessel Nova Zembla (Archaeological site OjFb-2). Historical research conducted under the SSHRC Insight project “Northern Seas: An Interdisciplinary Study of Human/Marine and Climate System Interactions in Arctic North America over the Last Millennium” (Principle Investigator – Dr. Maribeth Murray) identified that Nova Zembla ran aground on the 18th September 1902, ~2km ESE of Cape Hunter (Inuit Owned Lands Parcel CR:21) and quickly began to break up in the waves; all 42 crew survived and were rescued by fellow whaling vessels Diana and Eclipse. The location of the wreck was confirmed in 2018 by Michael Moloney and Matthew Ayre during an exploratory expedition funded through the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Arctic Institute of North America (Nunavut Archaeological permit 2018-48a). This work passively identified significant numbers of undisturbed ship timbers and fittings on the beach inshore of the historically identified wreck site. Further discoveries of two anchors, ship timbers and other anomalies were identified underwater using a Remotely Operated Vehicle approximately 300m offshore, in line with the historical accounts of the wreck. The aerial survey will be conducted (under a class 1 archaeological permit) in partnership with Ittaq under the SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity Reconciliation project “Linking Inuit knowledge and drones: Increasing community capacity for research and monitoring using aerial technology” (Principle Investigator – Dr. Shari Fox). Clyde River resident Mr. Robert Kautuk, trained under the above grant, will conduct the aerial survey of the beach alongside mentor Mr. Alex Taylor and incorporate the result into the Clyde River Knowledge Atlas. Following the survey, artifacts present on the beach will be photographed in situ. No artifacts will be disturbed, handled or removed. The marine survey of the reef will be conducted (under a class 2 archaeological permit) via means of towing an underwater camera behind a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) at a depth of no more than three metres. Following the survey, artifacts present on the underlying reef will be photographed in situ through the use of a surface controlled Remotely Operated Vehicle. No diving is required for this work and no artifacts will be disturbed, handled or removed. Please see attached map for location and extent of area to be surveyed. Access to the location and use of a RHIB for the survey is being provided by in-kind support from Nunavut Government Sealing and Fishing Division via their fisheries research vessel RV Nuliajuk, which will be stationed in nearby Dexterity Harbour (71.633242, -72.637454) 27th – 30th August 2019. Nuliajuk will depart Pond Inlet at 18:00 26th August and depart site at 09:00 on 30th August for arrival in Clyde River on the same day. Nova Zembla is the first identified and undisturbed wreck site discovered in Canadian waters from the historical Scottish Arctic whaling trade. This site stands to expand knowledge on the lives and practices of the sailors who made the annual visit voyage to the Arctic whaling grounds, and their lasting connections and influences that feature prominently throughout the Inuit communities across Baffin Island. The initial 2018 discovery generated significant press coverage and enjoys continued public interest, raising this sites potential to strengthen shared cultural connexions between Nunavut and Scotland which are rooted in the historical Arctic whaling trade.
Persons: 5
Days: 3
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5776 polygon Area to be surveyed including beach and reef up to 500m offshore.
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Fisheries research vessel 1 na RV Nuilajuk - Nunavut Government Fisheries Research Vessel. Transit to and from site, accomodation while on site.
Remotely Operated Vehicle 1 0.5m2 Deeptrekker ROV - to investigate underwater artifacts relating to the wreck of Nova Zembla.
Towable underwater camera 1 0.5m2 Towable underwater camera - to be towed at a depth of 3m behind zodiac to map reef.
Aerial Drone 2 0.25m2 Aerial Drone - To map shoreline.
Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat 1 3m RHIB- access to the site, to conduct reef survey.
Digital Camera 1 0.15m Digital Camera - to photograph artifacts present on the beach.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel -99 -99 Liters Fuel for RV Nuliajuk and RHIB - quantity unknown
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.1 reverse osmosis sea
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
All waste will be stored and removed via RV Nuliajuk. Low risk of fuel spillage during RHIB transfer. Mitigation measure - ensure fuel is secured in appropriate containers, refuel only when stationary. Low risk of equipment failure. Mitigation measure - drone to flown over land only, allowing recovery if failure. ROV to not enter wreck, avoiding risk on entanglement.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 100ltrs n/a Greywater disposal will be stored and handled via RV Nuliajuk
Sewage (human waste) 20ltrs n/a Sewage disposal will be stored and handled via RV Nuliajuk
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2019-07-15
Originator: Matthew Ayre
Public Registry ID: 16754
Document Size: 1812.35 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2019-07-15
Originator: Matthew Ayre
Public Registry ID: 16755
Document Size: 1752.93 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-31
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16799
Document Size: 241.81 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
Project discussed with territorial archeologist, Ittaq (Clyde River) and Ikaarvik project (Pond Inlet). Interest in both communities regarding whaling heritage, results of survey to be made available to communities, copies of archival documents/photographs from the trade to be brought up during research. Discussions on going regarding further investigation into the cultural links shared with historical whaling trade.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
Crew of the RV Nuliajuk Mr. Robert Kautuk (Clyde River) - Drone Pilot

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re