Edward H. Smith and the 1928 Marion Expedition Revisited: A Compilation

  • V. Wendell Driggers
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Legend has it that “Iceberg” Smith gained his remarkable capability for bearing the icy Arctic cold by killing a musk ox on a lonely Greenland icecap and drinking its blood. Too often, when a man is renowned in his field, the legends surrounding him overshadow his true character. Such is becoming the case of Admiral Edward H. Smith, for his life was overflowing with those instances from which legends spring. It began at his birth on October 29, 1889, at Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Descended from a long line of Martha’s Vineyard whalers, he was drawn naturally to the sea and possessed the physical and mental stamina needed to endure the hardships it offered.


Polar Bear Oceanographic Station Coast Guard Greenland Coast Young Officer 
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