The Greely Expedition
On July 7, 1881, 25 Americans led by US Army Lieutenant Adolphus Greely sailed from the harbor of St. John’s, Newfoundland to Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, to collect scientific data from an unknown part of the world. After being dropped off 600 miles from the North Pole, the ship was to return to pick them up in two years. Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny, and cannibalism. The Greely Expedition tells a harrowing tale of scientific mission turned to tragedy.