Karluk (ship)

Karluk (ship)

The Karluk was a ship used for an expedition to the Arctic in 1913 led by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and captained by Robert Bartlett.The ship became icebound several months into the voyage, at which time Stefansson and one other left the ship and spent the next five years 1913-1918 exploring the Arctic. The ship meanwhile was swept toward Siberia, and was eventually crushed by the ice in the Chukchi Sea near Wrangel Island (longitude 180 degrees). The crew crossed the ice to the island under the leadership of Captain Robert Bartlett, and spent the remaining winter and spring on the island while Bartlett went overland via sled to get help. Numerous crew members perished, but the rest were rescued in September 1914. These events were described in the diary of William Laird McKinlay, one of the survivors of the expedition, who published "Karluk" in 1976.

ee also

"King & Winge" (fishing schooner that rescued survivors of the "Karluk")

External links

* [http://www.civilization.ca/hist/cae/indexe.html Photographs and details of the expedition]


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