Dr. Hayes as Logistical Planner and Fund Raiser

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY 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… Continue reading Dr. Hayes as Logistical Planner and Fund Raiser

“The Motliest-Looking Crowd That It Was Ever My Fortune To Encounter”: Photographs of Native North Americans in The Arctic Regions

Submitted by guest blogger, George Schwartz. He is a doctoral candidate in American & New England Studies at Boston University. For twelve years he was as an Assistant Curator in the Maritime Art and History and Exhibitions and Research departments at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where he contributed to a pair of Polar… Continue reading “The Motliest-Looking Crowd That It Was Ever My Fortune To Encounter”: Photographs of Native North Americans in The Arctic Regions

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

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY 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… Continue reading Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey, Part 2 of 2: Inuk Kalutunah

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

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY 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,… Continue reading Surviving Hayes’ Arctic Boat Journey, Part 1 of 2: Johan Petersen

Full Fathom of Duty

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY 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… Continue reading Full Fathom of Duty

Francis Russell Nixon

POSTED BY RUSSELL POTTER Anglican Bishop Francis Russell Nixon is among the more singular signatories in William Bradford’s studio scrapbook. Had he only his brilliant academic career and subsequent rise in the church, he would already have been noteworthy, but what makes him even more significant in this instance is his early passion for the… Continue reading Francis Russell Nixon

Pressing On or Turning Back, Second Grinnell Expedition (Part 2 of 2)

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY As Dr. Elisha Kent Kane led the Second Grinnell Expedition in its search for the missing Franklin crew, he demonstrated a combination of pressing on and turning back — and equally important, the adoption of some Inuit methods to survive harsh northern Greenland winters.  His expedition became one of the most… Continue reading Pressing On or Turning Back, Second Grinnell Expedition (Part 2 of 2)

Pressing On or Turning Back, The Franklin Expedition (Part 1 of 2)

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY Whether to proceed in the face of adversity has confronted explorers since antiquity and was a real concern for 19th century Arctic explorers. The inability for explorers to predict adverse weather and/or ice conditions can lead to injurious and/or fatal outcomes. By their nature, these Arctic explorers pressed on where others would… Continue reading Pressing On or Turning Back, The Franklin Expedition (Part 1 of 2)