Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

A fine plate for my sister


Here we are at Fort Conger a place I little expected to see when reading about it in America, the home for two years of the ill-fated Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. Every foot of the ground, every point of land and every hill are associated with my reading of Greeley's "Three Years of Arctic Service."
    The large house is nearly destroyed, only a part of the kitchen remaining. The three small houses here are very comfortable, each one being furnished with a good stove. Two of these were built, I believe, by Commander Peary in 1900 and one by the Eskimos in the fall of 1906.
    The ground is fairly littered with the equipment of the Expedition and the personal effects of the men. Almost my first discovery was what I wanted to find most, a fine plate for my sister. This was followed by an ocarina, a musical instrument, and numberless other things. 

Pictured above:
Ocarina from the Greely party, ca. 1881, ID: 1967.177

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