Kane’s Mysterious Waters: Transient Polynyas

POSTED BY FRAN HENNESSEY Led by Elisha Kent Kane, M.D., the Second Grinnell Expedition (1853-1855) continued on-going searches for the missing Franklin Expedition. According to Kane’s writings in Arctic Explorations, his approach was to take a course that should “lead most directly to the open sea of which he had inferred the existence” and to… Continue reading Kane’s Mysterious Waters: Transient Polynyas

After Icebergs with a Painter: An Inspiration for Bradford’s 1869 Voyage

POSTED BY JOANNE SEYMOUR In Arctic Regions, William Bradford chronicled his 1869 voyage to the Arctic along Greenland’s coast, & cites two books that initially inspired his exploration for art’s sake: Lord Dufferin’s Letters from High Places and Elisha Kent Kane’s Arctic Explorations in the years of 1853, ’54, ’55. At least one other book… Continue reading After Icebergs with a Painter: An Inspiration for Bradford’s 1869 Voyage

LeGrand Lockwood

POSTED BY MICHAEL LAPIDES William Bradford dedicated Arctic Regions to the memory of businessman and financier LeGrand Lockwood. Bradford stating that Lockwood was “widely known for his generous patronage of the arts and for his acts of unselfish benevolence.” Lockwood was, as described by  Steve Lubar in a talk delivered at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, an enthusiastic adopter of… Continue reading LeGrand Lockwood

Faces in the Crowd

POSTED BY RUSSELL POTTER Among the lesser-known signatures in the Bradford scrapbooks is that of Lucette E. Barker, an artist in her own right, whose connections with other London artists and writers were considerable. Her brother-in-law, Tom Taylor, was the editor of Punch, as well as (somewhat less fortunately) the playwright whose play, “Our American… Continue reading Faces in the Crowd

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