Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Quite a lot to get ready


Eleven above zero this morning and partly cloudy. The Second has been at work on some cooking contrivances today. There are quite a lot to get ready. One of the firemen has worked as a tailor so he is letting my Cordroy [sic] coat out in front and adding a little sheepskin to the lining. Has it basted up it fits allright perhaps it will be large enough so I can wear it around home. The Com. has taken a few pictures today, and I took a couple of a Deer’s head.

The 'cooking contrivances' Wardwell describes here are the tin stoves Commander Peary designed for his sledging parties to use out on the ice. The were light weight andvery efficient. 

Pictured above:
Cape Sheridan, Ellesmere Island, CAN, Deer's head, Sept. 1908, Courtesy of the Castine Historical Society, George Wardwell.

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