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Old 08-31-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Young Nathan Rogers found himself in the Northwest Passage this week - a song made famous by his late father Stan who died in a plane crash in 1983 when Nathan was 4. The cruise ship he was on hit a rock.
Pics of Nathan were taken at the Lightfoot Tribute shows at Hugh's Room this past January.

Stan Rogers was a balladeer, a folksy Canadian crooner who often sang about his country and whose most famous anthem celebrated the Northwest Passage. Mr. Rogers died young, leaving behind a son, Nathan, who grew up to be a folksinger and who, in a curious twist of fate, had to be rescued along with about 200 other passengers and crew from a cruise ship that ran aground in the Northwest Passage late last week. Perhaps the experience will inspire Mr. Rogers to write a song of his own about the Northwest Passage, an almost mythical stretch of water in a frozen northern land that has infected the popular imagination for almost 500 years. Explorers once looked for it. Poets have put it to verse. The Group of Seven has rendered it on canvas. And today, a boatload of tourists -with a Rogers heir in tow -can see it for themselves and end up like so many of the explorers did: marooned on a rock, waiting to be rescued.

Stan Rogers, died tragically in 1983, but his famous ode to the Northwest Passage is alive and well and remains a folksy Canadian anthem among college students from sea to shining sea. "Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage / To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea / Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage / And make a Northwest Passage to the sea."

Mariam Ibrahim, Postmedia News Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010

Passengers aboard a cruise ship that got hung up on a rock in the Northwest Passage arrived by plane in Edmonton yesterday, after an icebreaker came to their rescue.

The Clipper Adventurer's 128 passengers, who had an 11-hour layover in the Nunavut community of Kugluktuk yesterday, had unexpected tales of adventure.

"There was that moment of fear because you couldn't imagine what the terrible noise was," said Alice Cyr, a 76-year-old seasoned traveller. "But as soon as the ship ground to a halt, it just clicked -- 'We've hit something.' "

The cruise ship, operated by Mississauga-based Adventure Canada, ran aground in three metres of water, about 100 kilometres away from Kugluktuk, shortly after 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

The passengers were forced to wait until Sunday for the Canadian Coast Guard to evacuate the ship. By Sunday evening, all of the passengers were safely aboard the CCGS Amundsen, a Canadian research icebreaker that doubles as a rescue vessel. It had been conducting research in the Beaufort Sea.

Ms. Cyr said it didn't take long for that moment of fear to pass. Soon, her sense of adventure kicked in, and she waited for help to arrive.

"The rock was bigger than the ship, but not so much bigger that you couldn't go out on deck and see the perimeters of it," said Ms. Cyr, who was sporting a green backpack covered in iron-on patches she had gathered from trips to places such as Alaska, the Chilkoot Trail, Spain and the former Soviet Union.

"We're lucky that the weather was good. We're lucky that the boat didn't list any more than it did or didn't take on water," Ms. Cyr said. "There were a lot of bad things that could have happened, but didn't."

Adventure Canada vice-president Cedar Bradley-Swan said the tour company used the most current maps for the expedition, which were last updated in 1997.

A group that included Margaret Atwood as a guest lecturer had been set to embark the Clipper Adventurer for their own Arctic adventure has since had the excursion cancelled.

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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Boy this sure was a "curious twist of fate."

Nathan must have thought of his father for a few moments there.

Stan & Garnett Rogers...those 2 voices singing together was beautiful harmony !
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Nathan sounds much like his dad and uncles..a very dynamic, energetic voice but uniquely his own.
I'm happy he's safe on terra firma again!
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