Peary Crocker

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Peary Crocker - No. 1 Bear Admiral Robert E. Peary. No. 2 Elmer...
No. 1 Bear Admiral Robert E. Peary. No. 2 Elmer Ekblaw. No. 3 Knud Rasmussen. The news that Crocker Land failed to show itself 130 miles from Cape Thomas Hubbard, in longitude 100 west and latitude 83 north, where Peary sighted it eight years ago, was received by the American Museum of Natural History. This information was relayed to Edmund Otis Harvey, one of the committee in charge of the expedi tion, through the courtesy or Jlnud Kasmussen, the Danish explorer. he letter contains this information was written by V. Mmer Ek blaw, geologist and botanist of the Crocker Land Expedition. . Washington, Nov. 26. (Special) Bear Admiral Robert E. Peary last night discussed the report from members of the MacMillan Arctic Expedi- ion that they had been unable to find rocker Land where Admiral i'eary claimed he had discovered it. Asserting that both physical condi tions and theory still point to the existence of land somewhere between MacMillan's route and that of Steffansson, to the westward, Admiral Peary dnutted that he may have been mis taken in his discoverey of Crocker and. He says he saw the summit of Crocker Land from the tops of Cape Colegate and Cape Hubbard, but that it is almost an axiom in Arctic exploration that one can never be entirely sure of what he sees until he has his foot n it. 'Seen from a distance," Admiral Peary said, "an iceberg with earth and stones may be taken for a rock, a lift-walled valley failed with fog tor fjord, and the dense low clouds above patch of open water for land." Ad miral ' Peary quotes a number of nstances in the history of Arctic ex ploration to bear this out. 1 am much interested in the news from MacMillan," Admiral Peary said, and shall await with still more inter- st the full account of his journey and his other discoveries. If he has traversed the locality where I saw the summits of Crocker Land from the tops of Cape Colegate and Cape Hubbard, he has settled the matter for that locality, though both physical indications and theory still point to the existence of land somewhere ,in that region between MacMillan's route and that of Stoffansson, to the westward. "The fact that MacMillan thought he saw Crocker Land during two days, combined with his reference to young ice, appears to indicate the existence in that locality of a persistent polnyia (area of open water), associated possibly with the 'big lead' which I found north of Greenland and Grantland and within the edge of the . continental shelf. Probably MacMillan's soundings will throw light on this. "It would appear that MacMillan and Green narrowly escaped the fate of the Duke of Abruzzi's supporting party, which was lost by the breaking up of the ice north of Franz Joseph Land. "I am glad that the energy and interest of the American Museum of Natural History has resulted in this region being explored and the conditions the better determined. "And I am particularly glad that MacMillan and Green accomplished their hazardous journey and returned in safety instead of having the protracted and, as it may yet prove, fatal, experience of Steffansson, farther to the west."

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  1. Star Tribune,
  2. 26 Nov 1914, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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