In 1882 three members of the Greely Expedition reached a new “farthest north” as they traversed Greenland’s northwest coast. They had passed the “farthest north” of the 1876 Nare’s Expedition and reached an island off the Greenland coast. That island is now known as Lockwood Island and Cape Christiansen is its most prominent feature.
Cape Christiansen was named for Frederik Thorlip Christiansen. Referred to in some accounts of the expedition as “Eskimo Fred,” he was one of the three members of the traversing party. The other members were James B. Lockwood and David L. Brainard. In the tragic aftermath of the Greely Expedition both Christiansen and Lockwood lost their lives, and in a fitting tribute to their historic accomplishment the island was named for Lockwood and the cape was named for Christiansen.
My book Beyond the Edge puts the accomplishment of these three men in the historical context of those expeditions that were pushing the geographic frontier farther and farther north. Cape Christiansen stands as a permanent marker on that frontier.
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