Understanding By Degrees: Determining Latitude (Part 1 of 3)

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY Arctic explorers in the 19th century routinely used a sextant for celestial navigation to determine their location at sea and when trekking across glaciers and other terrain on foot or by dog sledge. This first of three posts discusses basic principles of obtaining solar-noon latitude by sextant and the inherent errors… Continue reading Understanding By Degrees: Determining Latitude (Part 1 of 3)

Silenced in Arctic Eternity

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY Scattered rocks amongst a weather-worn Headstone marked August Sonntag’s humble Gravesite. On a desolate moraine, Donald MacMillan bore witness to the isolated tomb, In stark solemnity, a single photograph taken In broad Arctic sunlight. Fifty years after Sonntag’s death, MacMillan Recollected tragic events that demoralizing Hayes to grieving silence. Icy water… Continue reading Silenced in Arctic Eternity

Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Thursdays, September 19th, October 3rd & 24th, November 14th This year the Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture series will focus around the exhibit Arctic Visions: “Away then Floats the Ice-Island”. September 19th Russell Potter Frozen Zones: Bradford, Arctic Photography and nineteenth-century Visual Culture Mr. Potter teaches English and Media Studies at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. His work… Continue reading Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

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