The MV Ithica (also spelled Ithaca) has long been a fixture in the Churchill area. This small freighter was transporting a load of iron ore from Rankin Inlet to Montreal in 1961, when it was caught in a storm and wrecked at Bird Cove, 20 km east of Churchill. The legend goes that this ship was once owned by Benito Mussolini, though it is not at all clear to me what use he made of it.
A typically scruffy paleontology field crew visits the Ithica. L-R are Pete Fenton, me, and Norm Aime (perhaps you can understand why the people at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre called us “the guys with the funny hats”). (photo © David Rudkin, Royal Ontario Museum)
The ship was long ago stripped of its cargo and any valuables, and has been left to gently rust and decay on the tidal flat.
A gap in the hull frames the view westward along the shore.
At low tide, Bird Cove becomes an immense sandy tidal flat, with the Ithica toward its seaward edge.
Ithica from the east at high tide