Vintage Wings of Canada is an organisation that is involved in many aspects of vintage aviation, and they are funding the search for a lesser known part of Canadian history, the lost dirigible, the HMCD Samuel de Champlain.
|In her purpose built hangar in Cape Breton|
|Over Montreal in 1929|
The possibilities for Pulp gaming on an airship are of course too many to list. From Indiana Jones style fights and flights by airship, to of course, the other possible reason she was brought down over James Bay, night attack by byakhees!
Samuel de Champlain weathercocks magnificently from her mooring ship HMCS Joseph Mufferaw in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in July of 1929. The Royal Canadian Navy had invested millions of dollars in infrastructure (support ships and bases) to create the RCNRAS (Royal Canadian Navy Rigid Airship Service) as a weapon to both deter and counter submarine threats in the shipping lanes to North America. HMCD Samuel de Champlain along with a planned four more Los Angeles class dirigibles (HMCD Louis Cyr, HMCD Georges Vezina, HMCD Daniel McGrew and HMCD Laura Secord) would be based from two newly built facilities at HMCS North Forchu on Cape Breton Island and HMCS Toutlegang on Anticosti Island. After the loss of the airship, the RCNRAS was disbanded and the Joseph Mufferaw (Big Joe to her crew) was placed back in RCN service as an oil tanker. Ironically, ten years later she would be sunk by a German U-Boat on the Grand Banks Photo: RCNRAS Archives.
She even had her own Mooring ship. How wonderful it that? This opens up even greater possibilities for government funded expeditions on the scale of the Mountains of Madness campaign. This game just writes itself. I'm so inspired, I think I'm going to have to actually write this up as a scenario.
Disclaimer: Yes, I am fully aware of the date this story was published, and also that the date of the disappearance. I was initially taken in, but this so needs to have been a thing, and lets face it, who amongst us is going to let a little truth get in the way of a good story?