Recent discovery in our St. Roch archives shows exciting new Arctic Circle evidence.
We’ve always known that the 1944 voyage of the St. Roch played an important role in the recent charting of the Arctic Circle, but what we only found out recently when digitizing our archives, was it was during this voyage that they documented the first photographic image of the Circle. With information pieced together from diaries of crew members and the ship's log book, it was only when we found the photograph itself buried within our archives that we realized the enormity of what the crew had witnessed. We know that the photograph was taken 60 years ago today, but are unsure of the exact geographic location that this photograph was taken because the position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed. It directly depends on the Earth's axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, notably due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. The Arctic Circle is currently drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 m (49 ft) per year. As of April 1 2015, it runs 66°33′45.7″ north of the Equator, so if anyone happens to be sailing that way make sure you have your cameras at the ready!