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An Exploring Expedition on the Canal Street Plan/ The Exploring Expedition at the South Pole. Waiting for Stores.

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Date made: 1838
Maker: Robinson, Henry R.
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 10 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.; 26.3525 x 44.1325 cm
ID number: DL*60.3409
Negative number: 2003-19823


Black and white print containing three vignettes relating to the U.S. Exploring Expedition to the South Pole. The upper left is Charles Wilkes in a rowboat with an oarsman and two members of the scientific corps who make observations with a transit or telescope and draw fauna. The upper right image depicts a group of sailors and Charles Wilkes, huddled together on the snow surrounded by a ring of polar bears and an upturned rowboat, boxes, penquins and a campfire. They are flying an inverted U.S. flag to signal distress. At the bottom, between the two titles is an inset of the three Navy Commissioners, Isaac Chaucey, Charles Morris, and Alexander S. Wadsworth at sea in a bowl. They are framed by a shield surmounted by a jester, and flanked on the left by a man in naval uniform (James K. Pauling, Secretary of the Navy) and a sailor with a sad expression on the right. Additional dialog and phrases appear on the print.