Dr. Hayes as Logistical Planner and Fund Raiser

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Arctic Visions | No Comments

Dr. Hayes in his first book, An Arctic Boat Journey, demonstrated his abilities at gaining both scientific and financial support for his second Arctic expedition, search for the legendary Open Polar Sea.  Of note, Chapter 34 “Concluding Remarks” and the following “Appendix” illustrate Hayes’ ambitious plan to return to the shores of Arctic Greenland. In […]

Afar on the Open Polar Sea

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Poetry | No Comments

Afar on the open polar sea I love to ride, with Dr. Hayes and Sonntag by my side. We run on A vigorous, close-hauled tack, approaching Baffin Bay. Under the low-angled summer sun, We steer a two-masted schooner amongst great Arctic majesties: breaching whales with blowing Plumes and ocean-swimming polar bears. As we made the […]

Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey, Part 2 of 2: Inuk Kalutunah

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Persons Represented | No Comments

In the brig Advance, Elisha Kent Kane, MD led the Second Grinnell Expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his men. During August, 1854 with the ship fixed in ice, Kane sent Isaac I. Hayes, MD south from Rensselaer Harbor to reach civilization to arrange rescue. An Angekok to his tribe, the Inuk Kalutunah […]

Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey, Part 1 of 2: Johan Petersen

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Persons Represented | No Comments

In the brig Advance, Elisha Kent Kane, MD led the Second Grinnell Expedition to search for Sir John Franklin and his men. During August, 1854 with the ship fixed in ice, Kane sent Isaac I. Hayes, MD south from Rensselaer Harbor to reach civilization to arrange rescue. Johan Carl Christian Petersen, while sick with scurvy […]

Full Fathom of Duty

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Poetry | No Comments

No flowers graced three graves on Snow-swept Beechey Island, resting Place for the first deaths of Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition. Humble wooden plaques, names and Dates of passing young lives, strength And hope infected by disease, tainted By lead poisoning, laid to rest in solemn Bleakness, entombed in permafrost. For seven months, the officers […]