LOST IN THE ARCTIC
. [-"ATE OF THE STFFAXSSOX FXPEJjITIOX. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. OTTAWA. .January 22. An amphiphms expedition, financed jointly by the Government and private sources, is b ( formed to search for mi.-sin- IV-lar expedition. The K ; ir';:k Wt K.squimalt, Vancouver, on the eve'dug of June 18, 1913, and steaming north through the insido passage alonjr the British Columbian coast reached 62 X.. 167.28 W.. on July 7, a coastal sailing distance of 2.356 miles, arid on about the Sth No mo ras reached. On July 14 the Karluk U>ft Nome with Dv Alackay and Mr M'Kiiilay on board, and was still at l*.»it Clarence on July 21. On August 5 the. Karluk. which was in command of Captain l.artlett, wad beset in- the ho and drifting westward past Cap-o Bairow, hut two days later she extricated herself and pushed east through the ice- until about 10 miles north-fast of Flaxman Island. There she jammed fast ••urnin, and the current took her slowly west from August 10 to September 7. Then the ice grounded in 10 fathoms not far from tho Olvilic River, and the Karluk s,'ot frozen in. 15 miles north of Colville Island. On the 20th September, 1915, sho appeared to be frown in for the winter, and Mr Stefansson, with .Messrs Jeimes, MConndl. and Wilkins w-ent ashore to hunt caribou. They did not again regain her. On the 21st a violent north-easterly gale sprang up and lasted for three days, after which the ee<i was discovered to be open with no .signs of the Karluk. The Karluk was, in fact, drifting west-ward in ;i flee- about two miles square, and on September 25 Capo Halkett wan sighted, 60 miles north-west of Oolviilo Biver. On September 26 the wind changed to tho north-west. the. ice cleared up, and the. Karluk wa.s becalmed 12 miles off Tangent Point. An attempt to reach her failed on account of tho wind rising, and the Karluk again drifted to the. west, and was not heard of again until last .summer, when Bartlett .succeeded in conducting most of the party to Wrangcll Island: With an Eskimo, after almost superhuman effort, he managed to reach the mainland of Siberia and £9t in touch there with Baron Kleist at, Emma Harbor, and subsequently he r«Ach«d St. Michaels, Alaska, where- he Arranged for the relief of the Wrangell Island party.
The ,'ibove story is told bv Air \V. L. Mackuday, the sole survivor "of the scientific staff of the expedition, who recently landed in good health at Liverpool. Eleven members of th« partv lost their lives, while three, including Afr Stefanseon, ,'ir-p .-.till missing-.
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LOST IN THE ARCTIC, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915