norwegians in the states
AMUNDSEN, Roald. Large photogravure portrait in sepia. Chicago, Skandinaven, [c. 1925].
Printed on stiff, thick paper, measuring 56 x 36 cm; well-preserved.
This print must have been issued in connection with the end of the Polar expedition in the ship Maud, which had been frozen in the Arctic Sea of the Northeast passage, and finally managed to break free and sail to Seattle in 1921. 'In 1918, with a newly-built polar ship, the Maud, Roald Amundsen started on a new expedition which was to drift over the Arctic Ocean and maybe over the North Pole. With him were nine men, including scientific leader H.U. Sverdrup. It took two years for them to sail through the ice-filled Northeast Passage, and one more year stuck in the ice north of the Bering Strait before Amundsen gave up and tried instead to fly over the Arctic Ocean. Meanwhile the Maud continued with a reduced crew until 1925 without managing to get into the east-west current. The main result of the Maud expedition was the important scientific data which Sverdrup collected and analysed during the entire expedition' (Fram Museum, online). The hull of the ship has been transported back to Norway from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where she had been frozen in and sank in 1930.