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Joseph-Elzéar BERNIER

Canadian Joseph-Elzéar BERNIER

Quebec mariner who led expeditions into the Canadian Arctic

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: in 1852 in L'Islet, Québec, Canada
Died: on December 26, 1934 in Lévis, Québec, Canada


He was born in L'Islet, Quebec, the son of Captain Thomas Bernier and Célinas Paradis. At the age of 14, he became a cabin boy on his father's ship. Three years later, he became captain of his own ship and commanded sailing ships for the next 25 years. Bernier was named governor for the jail at Quebec City in 1895. From 1904 to 1911, he explored the Arctic archipelago on annual voyages in his ship the CGS Arctic and officially claimed the islands for Canada.

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