News Archive 2009-2018

MacMillan’s Model T Snowmobile Resurfaces in Labrador (New York Times) Archives

martin vorse with macmillan's snowmobile

The Ford Model T converted for snow travel with Martin Vorse, a member of the 1927-28 MacMillan expedition to a remote region of Labrador (Image: The Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College)

The first snowmobile in Labrador was a repurposed 1927 Model T, brought there aboard the schooner Bowdoin by none other than Donald MacMillan (Class of 1898). For the better part of a century, the historic vehicle has been lying in pieces in the boreal forest of northeastern Canada, but now it’s recovered and undergoing restoration. Read the full story — with commentary from Susan Kaplan, director of Bowdoin’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum — in The New York Times.