Our Lost Explorers: The Narrative of the Jeanette Arctic Expedition

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Digital Scanning Inc, Oct 1, 2000 - History - 496 pages
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Lieutenant George Washington DeLong was an American explorer whose disastrous arctic expedition gave evidence of a continuous ocean current across the Polar Regions. In July of 1879 he set sail from San Francisco taking the Jeanette through the Bering Strait and heading for an island off the northeast coast of Siberia. However, on September 5th, the ship became trapped in the ice. With crewman George Melville's engineering skill, the boat was kept afloat for almost two years until it was finally crushed on June 12, 1881.

The crew, including De Long, escaped with most of their provisions and three small boats. Their destination, the Siberian coast, lay some 600 miles away. They endured extreme hardships for the next two months as they crossed the ice. After reaching open water, one of the boats and the men aboard were lost. The remaining two boats became separated. De Long's boat reached the eastern side of the Lena River delta, Melville’s, reached the western side. Melville's party was rescued, but De Long and his men died of exposure and starvation.

Melville later led an expedition that found the remains of De Long and his party the following Spring. De Long's journal, in which he made regular entries until shortly before his death, was found a year later and published as The Voyage of the Jeannette (1883). Three years after the Jeannette was sunk, wreckage from it was found on an ice floe on the southwest coast of Greenland, a discovery that gave new support to the theory of trans-Arctic drift.
 

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Contents

THE JEANNETTE AND HER CREWTHE VOYAGE TO THE ARCTIC OCEAN
17
A SEARCH FOR MISSING WHALERS AND THE JEANNETTE
28
SEARCHES FOR THE JEANNETTESECOND CRUISE OF THE CORWIN
39
SEARCHES FOR THE JEANNETTECRUISE OF THE RODGERS
54
SEARCHES FOR THE JEANNETTECRUISE OF THE ALLIANCE
71
PLANS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL SEARCH
79
FIRST TIDINGS FROM THE EXPLORERS
83
THE SIBERIAN TUNDRA
91
LIEUTENANT DE LONGS LOGBOOK
262
A ROLL OF HONOR
270
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVE
277
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
292
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
308
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
320
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
332
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
343

THE LENA RIVER AND ITS DELTA
98
ENGINEER MELVILLES NARRATIVE
111
LIEUTENANT DE LONGS RECORDS
125
EXPERIENCES OF NINDERMANN NOROS AND LEACH
130
YAKUTSK
140
IRKUTSK
154
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVE
169
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVECONTINUED
191
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVECONTINUED
207
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVECONTINUED
222
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVECONTINUED
238
LIEUTENANT DANENHOWERS NARRATIVECONTINUED
250
MR NEWCOMBS NARRATIVECONTINUED
353
DE LONGS FATE DISCOVEREDTHE GRAVES ON THE LENA
366
LIEUTENANT DE LONGS DIARY
379
NEW SEARCHERS IN THE FIELD
394
BURNING OF THE RODGERSAN ICEFLOE TRAGEDY
401
LIFE AMONG THE CHUKCHES
414
MR GILDERS TRAVELS IN SIBERIA
428
THE STORY OF THE FORLORN HOPE
449
ENGINEER MELVILLES NARRATIVECONTINUED
462
APPENDIX
470
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DeLong was an American explorer whose disastrous arctic expedition gave evidence of a continuous ocean current across the Polar Regions.

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