Nonsuch sets sail

On today’s date in 1668, Médart des Groseilliers set sail on ketch Nonsuch to trade in Hudson Bay.

In 1968 – 300 years after the voyage of Nonsuch – Canada Post issued a multi-coloured 5-cent stamp (CS Scott # 482) with 10 perforations. Printed by the British American Bank Note Company, the stamp depicted the 1668 voyage of the Nonsuch.

It was September 29, 1668 when Captain Zachariah Gillam reached Rupert River on the ketch Nonsuch with des Groseilliers. Together, they build Charles Fort, make a treaty with the local chief and trade throughout the winter for survival.

The Nonsuch returned to England with its cargo of furs in October 1669. The investors approached King Charles for a charter to establish a trading company which was granted on May 2, 1670, creating the Hudson’s Bay Company, one of Canada’s oldest commercial enterprises.

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