|The Steamer Proteus 1881 from Wikipedia & U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
You may know that I have a thing for the 19th Century.
Especially the explorers & scientists.
Last night I settled in with a cup-o-the-Kraken and American Experience's feature The Greely Expedition. Before the show, all I knew of Greely was that he was an American who went to the Arctic & something about rumors of cannibalism. Just enough to pique my interest...
In 1881 Greely led 25 men into the Arctic on a scientific mission. (They also wanted beat the Brits' record for traveling furthest North). After 3 years and a series of bad luck coupled with poor decisions only 6 men returned.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, I've embedded the episode below. Or click through to the PBS page if you would rather watch it over there.