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Author Bessels, Emil, 1847-1888.

Uniform Title Die amerikanische Nordpol-Expedition. English
Title Polaris : the chief scientist's recollections of the American North Pole expedition, 1871-73 / Emil Bessels ; translated from the German: Die amerikanische Nordpol-Expedition (Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann, 1879), by William Barr.

Publication Info. Calgary, Alberta : University of Calgary Press : The Arctic Institute of North America, 2016.


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Series Northern lights series ; no. 19
Northern lights series ; no. 19.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Polaris is a thoroughly edited, annotated translation of Die Amerikanische Nordpol-Expedition by Emil Bessels (Leipzig: Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann, 1879). Bessels recounts the expedition of the ship Polaris, led by Captain Charles Francis Hall, on its failed attempt to reach the North Pole. Bessels, Polaris's chief scientist, provides a thorough account of the voyage, including detailed descriptions of St. John's, Newfoundland, Greenland settlements, Inuit people and culture, and plentiful scientific data on the flora, fauna, geography, oceans they encountered. Recent discoveries concerning a more sinister aspect of the voyage also make this a vital critical edition. While wintering at Thank God Harbour in Northwest Greenland, Hall died suddenly; Bessels proclaimed the cause of death was stroke. In 1968 English professor Chauncy Loomis and pathologist Franklin Paddock exhumed Hall's body from the permafrost, discovering that Hall had in fact been poisoned with arsenic. Bessels had the knowledge and opportunity to poison Hall, but for decades no motive could be found. However, new evidence has emerged of a romantic triangle between Hall, Bessels, and a young American sculptor Vinnie Ream, providing, at last, a motive for murder. Barr's introduction and epilogue outline the unique aspects of Bessels book, placing it in the historical context of arctic exploration. Barr has added 723 endnotes, drawing on 73 bibliographic sources, to explain and to contextualize Bessels writing. Barr's appendices cover Bessel's scientific appendix, Hall's instructions, the Board of Inquiry that followed the expedition's return, and biographies of the seven major players in this tale of exploration and murder."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Expedition members -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword -- The American North Pole Expedition / by Emil Bessels. Dedication ; Preface ; 1. Origin of the expedition and its outfitting ; 2. From New York to Newfoundland ; 3. From Newfoundland to Greenland ; 4. From Holsteinsborg to the northernmost settlement on earth ; 5. Historical review ; 6. Into unknown territory ; 7. The first days in Polaris Bay ; 8. The first sledge journey ; 9. Hall's sledge trip ; 10. In the realm of darkness ; 11. The New Year ; 12. Through darkness to the light ; 13. The southern sledge trip ; 14. Early summer ; 15. The boat voyage north ; 16. The summer ; 17. Southward ; 18. On terra firma ; 19. An ethnographic sketch ; 20. Further progress ; 21. The start of the ice floe drift ; 22. Between hopelessness and optimism ; 23. Spring on the floe ; 24. The seals ; 25. Salvation ; 26. The boat voyage in Arctic waters ; 27. Whaling ; 28. The search ; 29. Homeward bound -- Epilogue: Motive for murder -- Appendix 1. Scientific appendix (outline) -- Appendix 2. Hall's instructions -- Appendix 3. The Board of Inquiry -- Appendix 4. Biographical sketches.
Language In English.
Note This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Subject Polaris (Ship)
Bessels, Emil, 1847-1888 -- Travel -- Arctic regions.
Hall, Charles Francis, 1821-1871.
Bessels, Emil, 1847-1888. (OCoLC)fst00367105
Hall, Charles Francis, 1821-1871. (OCoLC)fst00165491
Polaris (Ship) (OCoLC)fst00741065
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- American.
TRAVEL -- Australia & Oceania.
HISTORY -- Polar Regions.
Discovery and exploration, American. (OCoLC)fst01352743
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Arctic Regions. (OCoLC)fst01240227
TRAVEL / Australia & Oceania.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Barr, William, 1940- editor, translator.
Arctic Institute of North America, issuing body.
Other Form: Print version: Die amerikanische Nordpol-Expedition. English. Polaris.: Calgary, Alberta : University of Calgary Press, [2016] 2016 Northern lights series Northern lights series (CaOONL)20169070719
ISBN 9781552388778 (electronic bk.)
1552388778 (electronic bk.)
9781552388761 (electronic bk.)
155238876X (electronic bk.)
Standard No. NLC 000044837138
NLC 20169070727
AU@ 000059863127
CHNEW 000950664
CHVBK 483516996
GBVCP 877812063

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