The Belgian Antarctic Expedition: The Ship Belgica Lying Off Sandefjord
London: The Graphic, 1897. Very good overall. A black and white engraving from the August 14, 1897 issue of The Graphic, showing the ship at sea with sails furled and with smoke billowing from a short smokestack; with an inset at the upper right, a portrait of M. Adrian de Gerlache, leader of the expedition. From a photograph by D. M. M. Crichton Somerville. The image was one of the first of the voyage of the 1897-99 Belgian Antarctic Expedition in the "Belgica", sponsored by the Belgian government. Frederick Cook joined the expedition at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ship made 20 separate landings on the the islands off the Antarctic Peninsula and became the first scientific vessel to visit the continent itself. After crossing the Antarctic Circle the Belgica became trapped in the pack ice and drifted for a year before being able to free itself. The expedition was led by de Gerlache and included Roald Amundsen. 6 x 9" (Inventory #: 15660)
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