Ice Floes Utilized as Ferry Boats

ID: 2005-8638

Creator: Hansen, Leo

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1920s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Science Service Records, Record Unit 7091, Box 409, Folder 2

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Summary

Men and sledges on large ice floes utilized as ferry boats on Rasmussen's sledge journey from Yathkyed Lake to Baker Lake, the original home of the Eskimo, Northwest Territories, Canada. The Fifth Thule Expedition of Knud Rasmussen explored the Kazan River from 1921-24.

Author

Hansen, Leo

Subject

  • Rasmussen, Knud 1879-1933
  • Thule Expedition (5th : 1921-1924) Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-24

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Born in Greenland of a Danish missionary father and an Inuit mother, Knud Johan Victor Rasmussen, 1879-1933, was a Danish arctic explorer and ethnologist, who between 1921 and 1924, led a small band of colleagues in a journey of investigation across arctic North America from Hudson Bay to the Bering Strait. In 1910, he established his Thule station at Cape York, Greenland, the base for seven expeditions, five led by Rasmussen himself. Rasmussen was an excellent explorer, interpreter, and translator. He documented many Inuit legends that may have gone unnoticed without him. His work helped future explorers and he is remembered as the first man to cross the Northwest Passage by dog sled. He made a visit in 1924 to Washington, D.C., with several of his expedition companions. The visit was documented by Science Service, a news service established in 1920, which also publicized his expeditions.
  • For additional pictures of the Fifth Thule Arctic Expedition, see 2005-8623, 2005-8625, 2005-8626, 2005-8627, 2005-8628, 2005-8629, 2005-8630, 2005-8631, 2005-8632, 2005-8633, 2005-8634, 2005-8635, 2005-8636, 2005-8638, 2005-8639, 2005-8640, 2005-8641, and 2005-8642.
  • For additional pictures of Rasmussen's 1924 visit to Washington, D.C., see 2005-8624, 2005-8643, 2005-8644, 2005-8645, 2005-8646, 2002-8647, 2005-8648, 2005-8649, 2005-8651, 2005-8652, 2005-8654, 2005-8656, and 2005-8657.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Science Service Records, Record Unit 7091, Box 409, Folder 2

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1924

Topic

  • Transportation
  • Description and travel
  • Sleds
  • Landscapes
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Canada

Place

  • Baker Lake (Nunavut)
  • Canada
  • Kazan River (Nunavut)
  • Northwest Territories

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

2005-8638

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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