Strange interlude at Virgohamna, Danskøya, Svalbard, 1906: The merkelig mann, the engineer and the spy

P. J. Capelotti, Herman Van Dyk, Jean Claude Cailliez

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Abstract

Just over a century ago, the American journalist Walter Wellman first tried to reach the North Pole by airship. Despite the hoopla that surrounded the expedition, it was a fiasco and the attempt became a quirky and somewhat obscure episode in the history of polar exploration. In this issue of Polar Research, we present two complementary contributions about this event. The first paper, below, is a collaboration between Penn State University Abington College archaeologist P. J. Capelotti, engineer and airship historian Herman Van Dyk and Swiss aeronautical historian Jean-Claude Cailliez. It presents new data on the initial operations of Wellman's attempt to reach the pole in 1906.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-75
Number of pages12
JournalPolar Research
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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