1931: The First Nautilus North Pole Expedition

Walsh, Don
November 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Nov2005, Vol. 131 Issue 11, p87
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on George Hubert Wilkins, one of the most remarkable adventurers and explorers of the 20th century. In May 1928 he made the first flight across the Arctic ocean going from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitzbergen, Norway, and was knighted for this feat. In November 1928 he made the first airplane flight in the Antarctic. During two expeditions over 1928-29, his aerial explorations surveyed 1,300 miles of the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition to all this, he was planning an extraordinary submarine voyage to the North Pole. He planned to use a retired U.S. Navy sub to make a submerged crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Spit/bergen to me Bering Straits via the North Pole.


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