National Geographic News

Roosevelt Moored in Arctic

Photograph by Admiral Robert E. Peary

Admiral Robert Peary's third and final attempt to the North Pole began aboard the Roosevelt, a steam-engined battering ram with a reinforced bow designed to smash through Arctic ice. After departing from Oyster Bay, Long Island (where namesake President Theodore Roosevelt was among the onlookers), Peary and his crew steamed to Cape Sheridan, the northeastern point of Canada's Ellesmere Island. Here they began building camp and breaking trail to the Pole.

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