The Greely Expedition

The Greely Expedition

DVD - 2011
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In 1881, 25 men led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely sailed from the harbor of St. John's, Newfoundland. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world's surface that had been described by a British admiral as a 'sheer blank.' Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny, and cannibalism.
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781608833962
Branch Call Number: DVD 919.8 L128G 2011
DVD 919.8 L128G 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Closed-captioned


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SPPL_János Mar 08, 2018

This PBS special provides a decently done overview of a little-remembered chapter in polar exploration history, but the hour runtime keeps it somewhat superficial.

Sep 18, 2014

Believe it or not support of this production is not wisdom. This is an American expedition in our arctic territory. And at the present time we are attempting to establish Canadian sovereignty in these areas. If the americans can show that there has been sufficient international exploration then there is a distinct possibility that we could lose control of this area. NOT THE LAND, but the waters that run inbetween all of these islands in the north. These straits could be deem 'international waters' and there is much that we could lose by that definition.
American nuclear subs have made attempts at using these waters without permission. It is a sensitive issue. Forget the Russians, it is not them you need to worry about.

Aug 08, 2011

Exceptional documentary about an American expedition to the polar regions in the 19th Century. It's a story I was unfamiliar with, but it's a harrowing tale that goes into both the good and the bad side of what happened, and features some stunning cinematography and insights into the times. Highly recommended.

aaa5756 Jun 25, 2011

SO SO dvd C+


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