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The Jeannette

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It lias been now more tliati two since James Gordon Benuett purcliased onc of the "staunchest steam yacuts afloat," and fitting lier for an arctic expedition, Dimad lier Jcannette in honor of his sister. Thta vessel was placed umler tlie control of the United States government for the exploration of the polar seas. She left San Francisco sometime in July, 1879, accompanied by a government vessel carrying coal and provisions, which were transferred to the Jean nette on reaching Heining Sea. Lieut. De Long, commander of the vessel, sent word to the Navy Department, dated Oonala-ka, Aflg. t, notifying the dcpartnient Ihat lio liad reached tlmt point two days beforu. On Aug. 6th the Jeannette proceedod on her journey, intending to touch at St. Michael's, and if nothing was learned of the whereaboutg of the party onder the command of Professor Nordenskjold, to proeeed to St. Lawrence Bay, in Siberia. Xothing more is known concerning the fate of the vessel, except that "on the 3d of September she was spoken liy a whaler, wlille heading north in the direction of Wrangell Land." Captain (ifford,of the whaler Daniel Webster, wlucli was cruslied in the ice ncar Point Barrow, reached San Francisco on the 2tl not. IIo r. [ruiti Uiut tli, bm - I.. ili(vicinity of Pt. Barrow had scen a wrecked ¦hip far to the eastward, and four white men. Whether these men were dead or asleep was not ascertained. A new brass kettle and other proofa of the truth of the report were in the posscssion of the natives. Captain (ifford thinks that this wreeked vessel was the Jeannettc. A vessel was sent last spring in search of the Jeannettc, but still Hiere are no very urgent reasons for fearing for her safety. Slie had cnough supplies to last her three years, and was acknowledged to ba the best equipped oí any vessel that had ever gone to the polar seas by tlie way of Behring Strait. The process of canning nieats, vegetables and fruits makes it possible for the arctic explorer to defend himself against the diseases coramon on shipboard, and thus ward off a great enemy to the explorer. Evcrything was in favor of the JeannctU' niaking a safe voyage. The above mentioned wreek mav br i,. that vessel, but there is no reason for ceasiiig to hope that she may yet return.


Ann Arbor Courier
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