E. Peary; (Bert)
Civil Engineer, US Navy-Commanding
Robert A. Bartlett; (Cap'n Bob) Ship Master
John W. Goodsell, MD; Medical Officer
Matthew A. Henson; (Matt) Assistant
Ross G. Marvin; Secretary/Assistant (Died on Expedition)
Donald B. MacMillan; Assistant
George Borup; Assistant
Roosevelt Ship Crew Members:
George A. Wardwell, Chief Engineer
Thomas Gushue, Mate
John Murphy, Boatswain (Stayed in Etah, Greenland)
Banks Scott, Second Engineer
Charles Percy, Steward
William Pritchard, Cabin Boy (Stayed in Etah)
John Connors, Seaman
John Coady, Seaman
John Barnes, Seaman
Dennis Murphy, Seaman
George Percy, Seaman
J Bently, Fireman (stoked the steam engines)
Patrick Joyce, Fireman
Patrick Skeans, Fireman
John Wiseman, Fireman
49 Eskimos accompanied Peary to the shores of the Arctic
Ocean—22 men, 17 women and 10 children. Thus, the following is
not a complete list.
The first four actually reached the Pole.
Egingwah (Ootah's brother)
Pingahshoo—(a 12 year-old boy)
Kudlooktoo—(confessed to having killed Ross Marvin)
Pooadloonah—(brother of Egingwah and Ootah; sent home for
refusing to go further north once he was out on the ice)
Panikpah—sent home for refusing to go further north
Kudlah "Harrigan"—(Kudlooktoo's cousin, who was present at Marvin's
*The spelling here is what Peary used; modern
spelling is taken from a Danish phonetic system and is very
Roosevelt, locked in Ice. Photo from The North Pole by Peary
The Eskimo women from Smith Sound
spent the winter on the ship with their husbands and the 200+ dogs.
They sewed the fur outfits worn by the 1909 expedition.
Photo from George Borup's book A Tenderfoot With Peary.
There were several single ones, but most were wives of the male Eskimos
on board. The names of a few of the women are mentioned.
Akatingwah—(pregnant, gave birth on Mar 8, 1909 to a
Finally, they brought along 246 dogs from the Eskimo
villages. These were the legendary Eskimo huskies who would haul heavy
loads. About 133 of them went out on the polar ice pulling supply
sledges for the expedition. At least one of them died from exhaustion
and exposure. Weaker ones were used to feed the others on the way home
from the Pole.