Transcript: Henry Hudson | Jul 17, 1999

(music plays)

Against a green background, animated letters read “Blast from the past.”

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Henry Hudson.”

A black and white painting shows an aristocratic man with a goatee.

The Narrator says HENRY HUDSON WAS AN
ENGLISH EXPLORER WHO
SET SAIL IN SEARCH OF
A NORTHWEST PASSAGE
THROUGH CANADA.
KNOWN FOR HAVING LITTLE
CONTROL OF HIS CREW,
HE WAS ALMOST DOOMED
FROM THE START.
ALTHOUGH HE HAD TWO FRIENDS,
HENRY GREEN AND ROBERT JUET
ABOARD, THEY WOULD
EVENTUALLY TURN AGAINST HIM.
WHILE SAILING HIS SHIP,
THE DISCOVERY,
THROUGH
JAMES BAY, HUDSON FOUGHT
WITH JUET AND DEMOTED HIM.
LATER, WHEN THE SHIP
BECAME FROZEN IN,
A CREW MEMBER DIED
OF EXPOSURE.
HUDSON ORDERED PHILLIP
STAFF, THE SHIP'S CARPENTER,
TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR
THE CREW TO WINTER IN.
STAFF WAS ANGRY THAT THEY
HADN'T BUILT THE HOUSE SOONER.
MEANWHILE, GREEN SAID HE REALLY
LIKED THE DEAD MAN'S COAT.

Fast clips show girls playing, men drinking, a ship’s captain, a truck unloading garbage, kids fighting and a woman wearing a fur coat.

The Narrator continues HUDSON GAVE IT TO HIM.
THIS FAVOURITISM
ANGERED THE CREW.
COATS WERE USUALLY AUCTIONED
TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.
WHEN GREEN AND STAFF WENT
HUNTING TOGETHER, HUDSON
GOT JEALOUS AND GAVE AWAY
GREEN'S NEWLY ACQUIRED COAT.
HUDSON ALSO THREATENED TO
HOLD BACK HIS WAGES.
GREEN VOWED REVENGE.
WHEN SPRING ARRIVED EVERYONE WAS
EAGER TO GO HOME EXCEPT HUDSON.
HE WANTED TO PICK UP
WHERE THEY HAD LEFT OFF.
STILL SICK AND STARVING, THE
CREW WAS EASILY TALKED INTO
MUTINY BY HUDSON'S FORMER
FRIENDS GREEN AND JUET.
DURING THE MUTINY THEY THREW
HUDSON, HIS SON, AND OTHER
HUDSON SUPPORTERS INTO A SMALL
BOAT AND CAST THEM ADRIFT.
THEY WERE NEVER SEEN
OR HEARD FROM AGAIN.
MANY OF THE REMAINING CREW
DIDN'T MAKE IT BACK TO BRITAIN.
HENRY GREEN WAS SHOT
BY INUIT ARROWS,
AND ROBERT JUET DIED
OF STARVATION.
WHEN
THE DISCOVERY
FINALLY
ARRIVED BACK IN BRITAIN,
THE REMAINING CREW
WAS QUESTIONED.
THEN, AFTER YEARS IN
LIMBO, THEY WERE CLEARED
OF ANY WRONGDOING.

A clip shows sailors waiving, a meeting, men jumping into a lake, arrows stuck in a man’s buttocks, a couple checking a fridge and a traditional dance.

A slate reads “A Production of TV Ontario. Copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1999.”

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