Cook and Peary by Robert M. Bryce

By Robert M. Bryce

On September 1, 1909, Frederick A. prepare dinner introduced that he had reached the North Pole. 5 days later Commander Robert E. Peary claimed the distinction. via his thoroughly documented study, writer Robert Bryce reconstructs occasions and provides the explorers, their motivations, and their accomplishments of their personal phrases and within the phrases in their contemporaries. one hundred twenty five pictures.

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Richard Pike, captain of the Kite, 1891.  A crusty Newfoundlander, he called the expedition members his "boys," and his advice was heeded without question by every one of them, including Lieutenant Peary.  Pike's 600­mile retreat in open whaleboats across seas filled with icebergs and floe ice to Upernavik was already the stuff of legends, and the captain would retell the story endlessly to whoever wished to hear it.  West.  Their admonitions had sobered him some from his euphoric state when he had first been accepted by Peary.

Those aboard the ship were eagerly consuming anything offered them by the steward from the now­ resurrected cookhouse, when Verhoeff suddenly declared his intention of swimming to shore despite the numerous icebergs dotting the harbor and began to disrobe. The wretched natives, none of whom had ever voluntarily gone into water of any kind in their entire lives, looked on in mild astonishment as he took the plunge.  But even the beauty of its double waterfall was compromised by its mosquitoes, which Mrs.

But he would not give up his dreams so easily this time.  The lecture was such a success that he received an invitation to address both the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the American Geographical Society of New York. The members of the academy determined to sponsor his plan, which he estimated would cost $6,000, in return for transportation on the expedition's ship of a group of scientists, professors and enthusiasts.  .  .  If I could gain it no other way I would give my right hand to be in the position that no one could fail to feel my superiority in ability & achievement as well as physique over that sneaking little black & tan cur.

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