Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Am very busy

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Will remain here for some time painting and cleaning ship. Am very busy carrying dispatches up to the wireless station for Commander.        

Sept. 9, 1909: this is the date of Robert Peary's offcial declaration that he had reached the North Pole. Peary telegraphed the news from Battle Harbor, in Labrador, to the New York Times, a supporter of Peary's expedition. As MacMillan's journal testifies, the announcement prompted a flurry of activity for Peary and his people both in Labrador and the U.S.

Pictured above:
Battle Harbor, Labrador, Canada, Robert Peary at Battle Harbor, Sept. 8-18 1909, ID: 3000.2.5

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