The Miranda Expedition Photographs in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMST Mss-208

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Miranda (ship)
Title Remainder: Records. 1894
Dates: 1894
Identification: Mss-208





Adjunct Descriptive Data

The 1894 Miranda expedition, led by Frederick Cook, was to have explored the western coast of Greenland and the straits. However, ten days out of port, it struck an iceberg and had to put in for repairs. The expedition then sailed to Sukkertoppen, on the Greenland coast, where it remained for several days. Upon leaving the harbor, the ship struck a reef and was badly damaged. The expedition was relieved by the schooner Rigel which, when the Miranda foundered and sank, took the expedition members on board and returned them to Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The 65 photographs in this collection are originals from the expedition. Some, but not all, were published in Henry Walsh, Last Cruise of the Miranda (1896), a volume of essays which recounts the events of the expedition and presents some of the results. Of particular interest is the essay by Rudolf Kersting, the official photographer of the expedition.

The photographs portray the ship and crew, members of the expedition and some of the stark scenery seen by the expedition. Of particular interest is the photographic record of the native Greenlanders from the Sukkertoppen area. Boats, clothing, houses and daily activities are recorded.

The photographs follow the numbering system pencilled on the back of each photograph. The captions are those taken from the photographs themselves.






Number 1

Old Numbering System 3-2

Capt. Farrell



2

17-3

North Sydney from the river



3

19-3

Sydney Post Office, CB



4

21-0

Miranda Running into Iceberg (From a painting)



5

22-3

Repairing the bow of Miranda



6

23-2

Damaged bow of Miranda after collision with iceberg



7

24-0

Prof. Jillson



8

29-3

R.W. Porter and some of the party taking a dip?



9

67-2

A bit of the coast, Greenland



10

67A-3

Approaching Sukkertoppen



11

68-0

Sukkertoppen



12

69-0

Sukkertoppen



13

70-2

The Chapel



14

71-2

Governor's House



15

72-0

The Governor's House, Sukkertoppen



16

73-4

Native Huts or Storerooms



17

77-4

Natives



18

78-4

Eskimo Hut



19

81-3

A Turf Native Hut



20

82-0

An Igloo--stone and turf



21

83-2

Natives



22

84-2

An Eskimo



23

86-0

The Governor's Family, Sukkertoppen



24

88-0

Eskimo



25

89-2

A little Eskimo (Danish) girl



26

90-4

Eskimo girl



27

91-3

Eskimo man and woman



28

92-2

Natives



29

95-3

Eskimo natives



30

96-4

Eskimo mother and baby



31

97-3

Danish Greenland Eskimos



32

98-0

Sukkertoppen



33

99-4

A little Eskimo boy



34

103-0

Eskimos and kayaks



35

108-4

Rescued party after the Miranda foundered. Preparing to camp



36

110-4

Eskimos cutting up a seal



37

112-2

The mission home, Sukkertoppen



38

116-3

Grave yard at Sukkertoppen



39

118-0

Grave yard at Sukkertoppen



40

121-3

Turning over with kayak



41

123-2

Eskimos turning over



42

126-0

Eskimo kiakers [sic]



43

127-2

Native women boat



44

128-2

Native boat and crew of Eskimo women



45

132-0

Little auk



46

133-2

Exmining a grave of an Eskimo



47

134-4

Dr. Cook



48

143-4

North of Sukkertoppen



49

169-3

The lifeboat going to bring relief



50

170-2

Sukkertoppen, Greenland No.2



51

171-0

Sukkertoppen, Greenland No.3



52

173-0

Sukkertoppen, Greenland No.1



53

191-0

The Rigel rescuing the party



54

192-3

Capt. Dixon



55

194-3

The rescued on board Rigel



56

195-2

Rigel homeward bound



57

196-3

R.W. Porter



58

197-3

Rigel homeward bound



59

202-2

Rigel at Labrador



60

209-0

Boats towing Rigel



61

218-0

Sidney Hotel, C.B.



62

219-3

Dining Room, Sidney Hotel, C.B.



63

220-0

Sidney, C.B. Hotel and party before leaving



64

221-4

Certificate of appreciation, Rigel



65

222-0

Certificate of appreciation, Miranda





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