The first Polar expedition led by Richard Byrd, in 1926, leaves New York, bound for King's Bay, Spitsbergen, Norway..
Spitsbergen Norway Date:1926 Duration:1 min 55 sec Sound:NO SOUND
United States Navy Lieutenant Commander, Richard Evelyn Byrd's arctic expedition to fly an airplane over the North Pole. U.S. Freighter Chantier docked in New York harbor. A Tug boat pushes the SS Chantier away from her pier in New York Harbor. Lt.Cmdr. Byrd, pilot Floyd Bennett, and two other members of the expedition, consult charts to plan their flight, during the cruise from New York to Norway. View from the ship's deck as they traverse sea covered with floating ice floes. closeups of the ice floes. View from the deck, as the SS Chantier approaches land, in King's Bay, Spitsbergen, Norway. A Norwegian gunboat is docked at the only pier. Snow and ice-covered mountains rise in the background. Several buildings, including a hangar, for the airship, Norge, are seen at the Norwegian camp. The Harbor master comes out to the Chantier, with three other men, in a dingy. They struggle through the ice floes, using long poles to help them maneuver.
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