Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Perhaps they will forget

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We arrived here at St. Pauls Island at 8 oclock this morning and anchored we are not due in Sydney until tomorrow forenoon according to program so stopped here. We could got there today by noon if we had let her go right along for we had a spanking breeze and were making from 8 to 9 ½ knots an hour and I cut her down so she only made about six and a half last night and the sails did the most of that. The people of Sydney have planed [sic] to meet us in all the boats they can get then there will be a reception for the Com. & Capt. I suppose onshore. We hear the streets are all decorated with flags. There are to be 12 little girls present flowers to Com. Peary on the deck of the Roosevelt on our arrival in Sydney Harbor, so we hear, according to the papers there is to be quite a time but perhaps they will forget it by the time we get there. The wind is West here and we are anchored under the lea of the Island on the sea side of it, but it is quite smooth there isn’t any sea to amount to anything. The Bar. is 30.12 now falling quite fast has been up to 30.20 this morning, I expect we will get a breeze before we get in. One of the large dogs killed one of the pups a few minutes ago.          

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Reporter aboard S.S Roosevelt talking with Peary, Sept. 1909, ID: 3000.15.2

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