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Nov. 29, 1929. Navy Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd radios to say that he had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

Nov. 29, 1929. Navy Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd radios to say that he had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

The last voyage of HMCS Karluk, flagship of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, ended with the loss of the ship and the subsequent deaths of nearly half her complement. On her outward voyage in August ...

Mukpie: Point Barrow Eskimo girl, youngest survivor of the S.S. Karluk, 1914.

The last voyage of HMCS Karluk, flagship of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, ended with the loss of the ship and the subsequent deaths of nearly half her complement. On her outward voyage in August ...

Sir Clements Markham (LOC)  an English geographer, explorer, and writer. He was secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) between 1863 and 1888,

Sir Clements Markham (LOC) an English geographer, explorer, and writer. He was secretary of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) between 1863 and 1888,

John Cabot (c. 1450 – c. 1499) was an Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of parts of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England is commonly held to have been the first European encounter with the mainland of North America since the Norse Vikings visits to Vinland in the eleventh century.

John Cabot (c. 1450 – c. 1499) was an Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of parts of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England is commonly held to have been the first European encounter with the mainland of North America since the Norse Vikings visits to Vinland in the eleventh century.

Sir John Franklin, 1845. The photograph shows the explorer in his military uniform in 1845. This must have been taken just before his departure on the doomed expedition.

Sir John Franklin, 1845. The photograph shows the explorer in his military uniform in 1845. This must have been taken just before his departure on the doomed expedition.

Portrait of William Penny, 1853 by Stephen Pearce (British 1819-1904)...Penny played a major part in the search for Sir John Franklin and the crews of the Erebus and Terror, who were lost in the Arctic during an attempt to discover the Northwest Passage.  On Beechey Island he found traces of Franklin's winter quarters but none of the 129 members of the expedition....his Arctic suit looks as if they were made from sealskin.

Portrait of William Penny, 1853 by Stephen Pearce (British 1819-1904)...Penny played a major part in the search for Sir John Franklin and the crews of the Erebus and Terror, who were lost in the Arctic during an attempt to discover the Northwest Passage. On Beechey Island he found traces of Franklin's winter quarters but none of the 129 members of the expedition....his Arctic suit looks as if they were made from sealskin.

Orcadian John Rae explored thousands of miles of the High Arctic in Canada and discovered the fate of the Franklin expedition in the 19th century.

Orcadian John Rae explored thousands of miles of the High Arctic in Canada and discovered the fate of the Franklin expedition in the 19th century.

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