The Arctic: Exploration Timeline

Arctic discovery timeline

Arctic Timeline: Ancient Times from 330 BC to 1000 AD
Arctic Timeline from 1594-1610
Arctic Timeline from 1725-1779
Arctic Timeline from 1776-1779
Arctic Timeline from 1819-1831
Arctic Timeline from 1845-1873
Arctic Timeline 1878
Arctic Timeline from 1879-1882
Arctic Timeline from 1882-1884
Arctic Timeline from 1886-1909
Arctic Timeline from 1893-1895
Arctic Timeline from 1903-1905
Arctic Timeline from 1910-1915
Arctic Timeline from 1918-1925
Arctic Timeline 1930
Arctic Timeline 1958
Arctic Timeline from 1970-1990s
Arctic Timeline from 1993-1998
Arctic Timeline from 2007-2008
W. S. Schley and his relief expedition crew with the six survivors of the Greely Expedition, June 1884.
Portrait of George W. DeLong. © Public domain.

1879-1882

US Naval Officer Lt. George Washington DeLong commands an ill-fated expedition attempting to reach the North Pole via the Bering Strait. Departing in 1879, the small steamboat Jeannette was trapped in the ice for two winters, and eventually crushed and sank. Some of the crew survived a harrowing ordeal that included hauling tons of supplies and three boats over hundreds of miles of ice, a blizzard swept voyage, and an arduous trek across the Siberian tundra.

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