‘Defying the Ice: Shipwreck and Rescue of the Karluk’ at Arctic Museum

The Karluk in Ice, August 1913. Photograph in memory of Reginald Wilcox and Captain David C. Nutt.

The Karluk in Ice, August 1913. Photograph in memory of Reginald Wilcox and Captain David C. Nutt.

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s newest exhibition, Defying the Ice: Shipwreck and Rescue of the Karluk, features a dramatic story told using documents never before seen by the public. In 1914 the Karluk sank after months of being trapped in ice and drifting in the Arctic Ocean between northern Alaska and Siberia.

Amazingly, many of the Karluk’s passengers were rescued nine months after the vessel became trapped in the ice. Photographs of the ordeal and a display comparing ice conditions in 1913-14 and ice conditions in the same region today are included in the exhibition. Read more about the exhibition.

Comments

  1. Eric M Weis says:

    In 1971, I worked north and east of this area, in the Queen Elizabeth Islands. Never heard about this story before. Great work on the part of the P-M Museum. Congrats for bringing this exhibition to the Bowdoin campus.

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