The Log of Bob Bartlett: The True Story of Forty Years of Seafaring and Exploration By Captain Robert A. Bartlett
Each year, thousands of people visit Bob Bartlett’s boyhood home located in Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador, to catch a glimpse of this famous sealing captain’s amazing life. Hawthorne Cottage has been designated a National Historic Site.
The Log of Bob Bartlett captures details and experiences that are not widely known about his forty years of adventures. His log details his two most historic feats—his journey with Robert Peary to reach the North Pole and his heroic deed aboard the Karluk—yet it also sketches his early life and some of his most memorable ice travels during and after the Great War.
Bartlett made twenty-eight excursions into the Arctic, yet one wonders what drove this urge for discovery, especially to the most frigid and unforgiving of places. He has been quoted as saying, “The truth was I could not stop myself in pursuit of adventure. I was committed to the Arctic. I’d got the poison in my veins.”
About the Author Captain Robert Abram Bartlett was born in Brigus, Newfoundland, in 1875. He was educated in both Brigus and at the Methodist College in St. John’s before beginning a career as a mariner, explorer, and sealing captain. Despite many notable feats, Captain Bartlett is probably best known for his journey with Captain Robert Peary to discover the North Pole and his heroic deed aboard the Karluk. Bartlett died of pneumonia on April 28, 1946, in New York City.
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