Fort Conger

16″ × 37″, oil on linen (2012) Fort Conger, Quttinirpaaq National Park, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

From the INTO THE ARCTIC Project

Site of the most tragic American Arctic expedition in history, Adolphus Greely and his 24 men landed here in 1881. When ice prevented their resupply ship from returning for two summers, they voyaged south into the ominous darkness of winter. Only seven men survived. In 1899, Robert Peary visited Conger during his quest for the North Pole, using Greely’s camp to build these cabins that now stand as relics of a bygone era. They were a stirring sight to behold in such a remote and wild land.

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