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.