The Karluk, ca. 1913-1914
The wooden-hulled Karluk
departed Canada for the western Arctic in June 1913. The vessel's mission was to take a crew of scientists and explorers north of the Yukon to Herschel Island, where they would search for new land and survey the region's flora, fauna, mineral deposits, and other characteristics. The vessel, however, became solidly trapped in sea ice in August and never reached its destination. Most crew and passengers spent the next 13 months stranded in the Arctic, where 11 men died.
From Fitzhugh Green, Bob Bartlett Master Mariner (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1929) 152.