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THE SOUTH POLAR EXPEDITION.

Mr. Borchgrevink has just arrived in London from the Continent, where he has been completing the outfit for his antarctic expedition. The expedition will leave London about July 12 on board the Southern Cross, and will attempt to make a quick passage to Hobart, Tasmania, which it will probably reach in November or December, leaving plenty of time for exploration during the antarctic Summer (sic). Mr. Borchgrevink says that he does not expect to return to London before 1900. This expedition is considered to be of particular importance, according to the International Geographical Congress held in London in 1895. Mr. Borchgrevink hopes to reach the Antarctic Continent, which some scientists believe to be larger than Europe, in about three weeks after leaving Hobart. It is acknowledged that greater care must be taken than in Arctic exploration, for when once landed on the Southern continent, if the vessel should be lost, there would be no means of communication with civilization. It is considered a remarkable fact that this continent on its extreme north is not further south of the Equator than the north latitude of Norway is north of that line, yet the latitudes in the south are colder than the corresponding latitudes in the north. Mr. Borchgrevink takes with him dogs, sleds, carrier pigeons, and supplies for three years. The explorer was the first to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in 1894, and his expedition will be the first to attempt to penetrate into its interior.


Reproduced with permission: L.L. Dyche, Explorations (Newspaper Clippings Related to Polar Exploration), Vol. 1 & 2. University Archives, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS.

 

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Original Source:
  New York Times, New York, NY. June 13, 1898.  
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Transcriber: 
  Jennifer Holvoet, University of Kansas  
 
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