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Survey of the Steam Yacht Fox at Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island, Greenland, 20th Century)

James P. Delgado
Journal of Field Archaeology
Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring, 2009), pp. 25-36
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25608547
Page Count: 12

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Survey of the Steam Yacht Fox at Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island, Greenland, 20th Century)
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Abstract

The remains of the steam yacht Fox, abandoned after grounding in 1912, lie in a shallow cove in the harbor of Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn) on Disko Island off the west coast of Greenland. Known for its role in an expedition led by Francis Leopold McClintock to determine the fate of an earlier expedition in search of the Northwest Passage commanded by Captain Sir John Franklin, the Fox subsequently passed into Danish ownership and worked the west coast of Greenland until its abandonment. In August 2003, an underwater survey and archaeological reconnaissance documented the wreck. The survival of substantial hull remains on the shores of a small bay covered by ice each year demonstrates that a "common sense" assumption of ice destruction of Arctic shipwrecks in shallow water environments is not justified, and that archaeological integrity can be preserved even after a wreck is flattened by ice impact.

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