First Crossing of the Polar Sea

First Crossing of the Polar Sea


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First Crossing of the Polar Sea by Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth

On May 12th, 1926, at 1:30 in the morning Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth looked down from the cabin of the airship Norge and knew that they were over the North Pole.

It was a busy moment. They dropped flags - the American, the Norwegian, and the Italian. Two of them, Amundsen and Oscar Wisting had seen the South Pole - from dog sleds. The third, Lincoln Ellsworth, saw the culmination of years of planning the conquest of the Arctic by air.

Radio messages were dispatched, observations made and the pole circled. Then the Norge swung back into her course - a course whose thin tracing over the uncharted wastes was followed by millions - and pointed for Alaska.

Thus briefly the story of the flight. Yet into the forty-eight hours in the air were packed all the excitement, the hopes and fears and thrills and mishaps and prayers of a season of polar exploration on the ground. This is the history, written by the leaders themselves, of one of the most remarkable exhibitions of daring and skill ever recorded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898752878
Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

I.Plans and Preparations13
II.The Hangar and the Mooring-Masts25
III.Waiting at Svalbard47
IV.From Rome to Svalbard59
V.Ready for the Start117
VI.The Members of the Expedition127
VII.Across the Polar Sea135
VIII.The Journey Home155
IX.Back to Norway171
X.The Navigation over the Polar Sea179
The Voyage199
Why We Chose an Airship230
Some Finishing Remarks241
XI.Weather and Weather Warnings During the Polar Flight251
XII.The "Norge's" Radio Station and the Radio Service on Board285
From April Ioth to 14th, 1926285
Signal Notes on Flight of the "Norge" from Rome to Pulham295

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