For any readers who have been following our Crocker Land expedition posts, I thought I’d post a photo of the main players of the expedition! Interns Alex and Meg have been working exclusively with Crocker Land material, mostly collected from W. Elmer Ekblaw.
We feel like we know these guys pretty well, despite all of them being dead before we were born, and Alex and I had an extensive gossip session this morning in my office about this crew. Museum employees are nerds.
This photo was taken before the expedition left in 1913, probably in Brooklyn Harbor. Bottom row, L to R:
- Harrison J. Hunt, the expedition’s surgeon. A 1902 Bowdoin grad (he also graduated from Bowdoin’s then-existant Medical College in 1905).
- Maurice Tanqueray, zoologist.
- W. Elmer Ekblaw, the interns’ favorite! He was the botanist, geologist, ornithologist, and pretty much the most responsible and competent scientist on the expedition. Kept a lot of great notes and journals that we’ve been reading.
- Navy Ensign Fitzhugh Green, looking quite sulky here, was the engineer.
- Jerome Allen, charged with setting up a wireless connection from Borup Lodge. Luck was pretty much against Allen for four years - he was never able to set up the connection. (Poor man.) He was also the expedition’s electrician.
Top row, L to R:
- Henry F. Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History, which sponsored the expedition. (He didn’t actually go on the trip, but posed for the photo.)
- Edmund O. Hovey, chairman of the expedition committee and curator of geology at the AMNH. Hovey did not depart with the team in 1913, but sailed up on the relief ship that tried to fetch them in 1915…and got stranded there himself.
- And our Museum namesake, Bowdoin 1898 grad, and the expedition’s leader, Donald MacMillan! (Wearing a very nice hat.)
Of course, there were many others involved with the expedition, including many Inuit drivers and guides. Our curator has posted a much longer description of the key players on her blog, which you can read here.