In Arctic Seas: the Voyage of the Kite with the Peary Expedition

In Arctic Seas: the Voyage of the Kite with the Peary Expedition : Together with a Transcript of the Log of the Kite

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Robert Peary (1856-1920) was an American Arctic explorer. For much of the twentieth century, he was for many years credited with being, in 1909, the first man to reach the North Pole, although this has recently been questioned. Born in Cresson, Pennsylvania, Peary graduated from Bowdoin College in 1877 and joined the US Navy in 1881. He began his Arctic expeditions in 1886, exploring Greenland for a number of years in search of a route to the Pole. Published in 1893, this illustrated book consists of two parts. Drawing on the diaries of the expedition's surgeon, Robert Keely, Part I describes the journey that took Peary to Greenland in 1891. Part II uses the journal of the botanist William Meehan to describe the 1892 expedition to bring the exploring party home. The book includes transcripts of the logs of Richard Pike, captain of the Kite on both voyages.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 108 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 2 maps
  • 1139151959
  • 9781139151955

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. The Voyage of the Kite: Introduction; 1. The start; 2. Crossing the Gulf of St Lawrence; 3. First sight of Greenland; 4. A native dance; 5. Farewell to Godhavn; 6. Collapsing of an iceberg; 7. An accident to the ship; 8. Free once more; 9. Herbert Island; 10. A school of white whales; 11. Arctic clothing; 12. Bows and arrows; 13. Ascending the Iron Mountains; 14. At Godhavn once more; Part II. The Relief of Peary and the Log of the Kite, etc.: Introduction; The log of the Kite; The Peary relief expedition: 1. The relief expedition; 2. The start; 3. Halifax; 4. First icebergs; 5. Leaving St Johns; 6. Official recognition of the expedition; 7. The Cape York and Nehelumie Eskimos; 8. News of the ship's arrival taken to Mrs Peary; 9. In Smith Sound; 10. Camping on Robertson Bay; 11. The relief expedition makes a reconnoissance of the inland ice, and meets Lieut Peary and Mr Astrup; 12. The Peary party's winter life; 13. The journey over the inland ice; 14. The Kite in trouble; 15. The search for Mr Verhoeff; 16. Leaving McCormick Bay; 17. Godthaar; 18. The Kite's ghost; Appendix 1. The Peary-Verhoeff correspondence; Appendix 2. Lieut Peary's report; The reception at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
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