The Greely Expedition: American Experience

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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 never before explored. Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. Learn how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.

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