THE LATEST ARCTIC PROJECT.
FAMOUS TO SEAKCH "SBE POLAR SEAS. Mr Roald Amundsen, the famons Polar explorer, bus announced to a meeting of the Royal Geographical Society at Burlington House, London, his determination to undertake a five years' drift across the Polar Sea.
"With the Fram equipped for seven years, and a capable crew, I shall leave Norway In tbe beginning of 1910. We shall make for San Francisco round Cape Horn, taking in coal and provisions at the former place. We shall then shape onr coarse' for Poipt Barrow, the most northerly point of Nortb America, which I hope to reach by July or August.
"Prom this place the last news will be sect home before the real voyage begins. On leaving I'oin t Barrow it is my Intention to continue the voyage with as small a crew as passible. • • ■ '.
"We shall then make for tbe drift-ice in a'direction north by : ' north-weit, where we will then look tor the most ' favourable place for pushing further north. Whenthis has b:eu found we shall go as far in as is possible, and prepare for a four or five years' drift across the Polar Sea. ■ -
"Throughout onr voyage up to this point I Intend to' make oeeanographic observations, and from tbe moment the vessel becomes fast In the ice a series of observatlcma will be begun with which I hope to solve some of the hitherto unsolved mysteries.
'•What I expect to find In the unknown part of the Polar Sea I will say nothing about at present. Some people have put forward theories of great manes of land, others of small."
The Frtnj WM bnilt la 1883, and bu been Itid qp for a number of yean.; Bat' the vessel Iβ foond to be as sound as when «he wits bnllt, and, considering Out she came borne from Nanien's lens voyage without a scratch, after withstanding tie, enonasos gTtmux* 91 tee, no better ship could tie X»and f?i tte nqw,
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