National Geographic : 1935 Jul
Photograph byWillard R.Culver THE "BEAR OF OAKLAND, WITH MEMBERS OF THE BYRD EXPEDITION ABOARD, STEAMS UP THEPOTOMAC PAST MOUNT VERNON Adventure is written large in the logbook of this former United States revenue cutter, for not only Admiral Byrd, but Greely, Stefansson, Amundsen, and Captain "Bob" Bartlett have paced her staunch decks on polar voyages. She was built in Scotland in 1874 for the whaling trade. Later she was chosen bytheUnited States Government to bring Lieutenant A. W . Greely from the Arctic and was first to reach his marooned party. Her crew maintained law in frozen outposts during theAlaskan gold rush. Whalemen loved her for the times she rescued them from icy fastnesses. Reconditioned as the Bear of Oakland, the barkentine was flagship ofByrd Antarctic Expedition II.