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Phonograph records recovered from Gold Rush shipwreck

Earlier this month I posted about some Gold Rush-era recordings which were found underwater on the A.J. Goddard. The music has now been recovered.

Though damaged from spending more than a century at the bottom of Lake Laberge – a widening of the river and the setting for Klondike poet Robert Service’s ghoulish 1907 masterwork The Cremation of Sam McGee – the records were carefully retrieved from the chilly depths and sent to Ottawa for analysis and preservation by experts with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), a federal agency that studies and protects the country’s most coveted historical relics.

“The recovered artifacts reveal intimate details of life on a small, functional Yukon sternwheeler,” Yukon’s tourism and culture minister, Elaine Taylor, said recently in announcing the institute’s findings. “To have the opportunity to learn about the music those on the Goddard would have enjoyed gives us a window into Yukon’s past and one small piece of the culture of the day.”

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Story: Randy Boswell | Photo: Canadian Conservation Institute

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