Public Lecture: The Ice Flow Trip 1872-1873

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Great Ice Floe Trip, Northwest Greenland to Southeast Labrador


Prof. Donald Hogarth

Tuesday, March 14, Noon - 1 p.m.

Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies 

108 William Commanda, 52 University (conference room)


When the exploration steamer Polaris became trapped in ice and damaged in Smith's Sound on October 16th, 1872, the navigator, George Emory Tyson, assumed command. He and eighteen others left the Polaris with two lifeboats, kayaks, and scant food supplies, climbed onto the ice, and headed for northwest Greenland; which was never reached due to the southward-flowing Davis Strait sweeping them out to sea. Tyson’s company included five German speaking Inuks who made no attempt to learn English. The American sailors feared the German Inuks would resort to cannibalism, but Tyson restored rationality. The take included thirty seals and two polar bears, caught en route. After 196 days and 2,000 miles afloat, all were safely rescued near Grady Harbour, South Labrador, by the sealing vessel Tigress.


The presentation is in English


All are welcome! 

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