Item #13626 Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Bound in two parts] ; Part 1 - Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., October 5, 1882, By Virtue of an Order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, To Investigate the Circumstances of the Loss of the Exploring Steamer Jeannette [47th Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 108] 1883 Part 2 - Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting Report of Lieut. G. B. Harber, U.S.N., concerning the search of for the missing persons of the Jeanette Expedition, and the transportation of the remains of Lieutenant-Commander De Long and companions to the United States. [48th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 163] 1884. United States Navy.
Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Bound in two parts] ; Part 1 - Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., October 5, 1882, By Virtue of an Order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, To Investigate the Circumstances of the Loss of the Exploring Steamer Jeannette [47th Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 108] 1883 Part 2 - Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting Report of Lieut. G. B. Harber, U.S.N., concerning the search of for the missing persons of the Jeanette Expedition, and the transportation of the remains of Lieutenant-Commander De Long and companions to the United States. [48th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 163] 1884
Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Bound in two parts] ; Part 1 - Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., October 5, 1882, By Virtue of an Order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, To Investigate the Circumstances of the Loss of the Exploring Steamer Jeannette [47th Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 108] 1883 Part 2 - Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting Report of Lieut. G. B. Harber, U.S.N., concerning the search of for the missing persons of the Jeanette Expedition, and the transportation of the remains of Lieutenant-Commander De Long and companions to the United States. [48th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 163] 1884
Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Bound in two parts] ; Part 1 - Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., October 5, 1882, By Virtue of an Order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, To Investigate the Circumstances of the Loss of the Exploring Steamer Jeannette [47th Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 108] 1883 Part 2 - Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting Report of Lieut. G. B. Harber, U.S.N., concerning the search of for the missing persons of the Jeanette Expedition, and the transportation of the remains of Lieutenant-Commander De Long and companions to the United States. [48th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 163] 1884

Loss of the Steamer Jeannette [Bound in two parts] ; Part 1 - Record of the Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry Convened at the Navy Department, Washington, D. C., October 5, 1882, By Virtue of an Order signed by the Hon. W. E. Chandler, Secretary of the Navy, To Investigate the Circumstances of the Loss of the Exploring Steamer Jeannette [47th Congress, 2nd Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 108] 1883 Part 2 - Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting Report of Lieut. G. B. Harber, U.S.N., concerning the search of for the missing persons of the Jeanette Expedition, and the transportation of the remains of Lieutenant-Commander De Long and companions to the United States. [48th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 163] 1884

Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1883-1884. Very Good. First Edition. [9x6in]; Part 1 - 363 pp., 14 foldout maps, and diagrams of plans and sections views of the Steamer Jeanette; Part 2 - 75 pp., 4 plates sepia-toned images with tissue guard, one map; Bound in dark half-leather with marbled paper boards, gilt lettering and rule designs on ribbed spine, marbled end papers, light speckled stain to all trimmed edges; Minor shelf wear to covers, edges and corners with rubbing of covers, joints and bottom edge, minor age-toning to text and maps, typical closed tears, with some repaired, and nicks to map edges, rear free end paper detached, prior owner small library blind stamp on top part of six pages including title pages of both Parts. [Howgego III D4, Poore....... AB .......]. Item #13626

The Jeannette expedition (1879-81) was led by Lieutenant-Commander George Washington De Long (1844-81). The purpose was to find a route through the Bering Strait, that was warmed by the Pacific Kiro Shio current to an open polar sea. The 'Jeannette' became icebound, northwest 350 Km and sunk in May 1881 some 400 Km from the Siberian coast. The 33 men provisioned three life boats to drag over the ice to open water for the nearest settlements in Lena Delta. On the water, they became separated in a gale and one boat vanished. George Melville's boat, with 11 men, landed in an eastern bay of the Delta and were able to reach a village to find help. De Long's boat, with 14 men, landed 100 km away on the northern part of the Delta and, with winter coming, they were not able to find shelter or game and all perished by the end of October 1881. They were found by Melville's rescue party in March 1882, and the bodies, journals and artifacts returned to the United States.

Part 1 of this book is the formal Navy inquiry requested by a joint resolution of Congress for a formal Naval Court of Inquiry on the Loss of the Jeannette which was conducted by the Navy in 1882-3. The 85 day inquiry generated the first compilation of documents and witness statements on the expedition. The Navy Court found no fault in the conduct of the officers or men and commended the actions of De Long and Melville. In Part 2, the Navy transmitted the report of Lieut. G. B. Harber on the search for the remains and artifacts of the De Long party and return the remains to the United States.

In 1884, a separate House inquiry was called due to objections to the Court findings by survivors and survivor's families to members of Congress. The family of Jerome J. Collins, reporter for the New York Herald assigned to participate in the expedition and died with De Long's party, specifically objected to De Long treatment of Collins, Melville's failure to rescue the lost party and the "cover-up" of failures by the Naval Court of Inquiry. The Inquiry detailed with the testimony of 20 witnesses, 74 documents filed, excerpts of the journals of De Long, Ambler and Collins and much questioning by representatives of the Collins family and for Emma De Long and George Melville. There were no conclusions, findings or recommendations to the Navy from this inquiry.

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