Bartlett, Bob, 1875-1946

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Biographical History

Robert Bartlett (1875-1946) was born in Brigus, Newfoundland. He spent much of his career at sea in the Arctic, taking part in and later leading expeditions in the region. He first took part in several voyages to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, eventually becoming captain of the Roosevelt for Peary’s 1908-09 North Pole expedition. He commanded several vessels, but eventually became captain of his own vessel, the "Effie M. Morrissey" which conducted annual expeditions from 1926 to 1946 making hydrographic studies and collecting specimens for a number of museums across the United States, including U.S. National Museum, Museum of Natural History of Philadelphia, American Museum of Natural History, National Geographic Society, among others. He wrote several books about his time at sea, including: The Log of Bob Bartlett (1928), The Last Voyage of the Karluk (1916), and Sails Over Ice (1934).


  • Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College. (2010). The Papers of Robert Abram (Bob) Bartlett in the Dartmouth College Library. Retrieved August 22, 2011, from
  • Finding aid for Robert Abram Bartlett papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library. Retrieved July 30, 2013 from

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