Captain Joseph F. Bernard and Scooner "Teddy Bear" (2 images)


Captain Joseph F. Bernard and Scooner "Teddy Bear" (2 images)


The Bernard Collection of Inuit Artifacts


Born in Tignish, Prince Edward Island on December 23, 1878, twenty year old Joseph F. Bernard and his uncle, made their way to Nome, Alaska to engage in trade along the Alaskan and Siberian coast. Aboard his 13-ton gasoline schooner, the “Teddy Bear”, the smallest craft known to have travelled in Arctic waters, Bernard made the first of two trips as far as Coronation Gulf. Between 1916 and 1920 he gathered an invaluable collection of Inuit artifacts, mainly from the Copper Eskimos of Coronation Gulf. In 1920 he returned from the North, bringing with him his valuable collection, which was distributed between the University of Washington Museum in Seattle, The Victoria Memorial Museum in Ottawa, The Museum of the American Indians at New York, The University of Pennsylvania and Loyola College. In 1921 Bernard loaned his collection to Loyola College. In 1924 he donated the collection to Loyola for a proposed museum. “Loyola has been fortunate in obtaining a generous share of his ethnological collection, which is valuable, not merely because it represents a race little known, but especially because many of the objects are works of tribes that are now extinct.” (Loyola College Review, 1923:21) Unfortunately the proposed museum never materialized and in 1947 Loyola College donated part of the collection to the Arctic Institute of North America in Montreal (the Institute moved to Calgary in 1976) and part to Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. (Concordia University Archives)
In 1959 Captain Bernard began living in Alaska; he had been appointed harbour master of the Town of Cordova. He died in Sitka, Alaska, on April 6, 1972 at the age of 94.


Joseph F. Bernard, Fr. Stanley Drummonf S.J.




Loyola High School Archive


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“Captain Joseph F. Bernard and Scooner "Teddy Bear" (2 images),” Loyola Archives, accessed September 20, 2018,

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