National Geographic : 1949 Jun
Newfoundland, Canada's New Province Wild Game Sells on St. John's Streets; Pony Carts Compete with Trucks Game from the wilderness and salmon from the streams frequently grace dinner tables. These hares were trapped 50 miles from St. John's. Traffic only lately started moving to the right. From Harbour Grace we went south to Brigus. In a simple churchyard we stood beside the grave of a famous native son. His bold yet modest character, honest heart, and abiding optimism won him friends and honors wherever he went. Mention of his name awakes images of glacier-ringed Arctic seas. Through decades of stirring action Capt. Robert A. Bartlett earned his rest. He died on April 28, 1946, in New York City. Companion of Admiral Peary to within 150 miles of the North Pole, "Cap'n Bob" skip pered ships for 40 years on northern voyages of exploration and adventure. Many of his trips were to collect for zoos and museums. The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE fea tured several articles by Captain Bartlett. The last appeared in May, 1946, the month after the gallant hero's death. In December, 1909, Cap'n Bob received the Hubbard Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society. He became an American citizen in 1911 .* Two of Captain Bartlett's sisters, the Misses Emma and Eleanor Bartlett, invited us to visit their home, Hawthorne, which was Bob's, too, when he was in Brigus. They took us into the stout old sea dog's own room. Pictures, awards, gifts, and things nautical studded the walls and crowded shelves and cabinets. Iron Mines under the Sea I returned to St. John's, drove out to Por tugal Cove, and ferried over to the undersea iron mines of Bell Island. Next morning, clad in hard hat, dungarees, and work jacket, I went down into one of the mines. Mine manager T. J. Gray took me to a spot two miles slant distance from the shore and 1,200 feet under the bottom of the bay. * See, by Robert A. Bartlett, in the NATIONAL GEo GRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Sealing Saga of Newfoundland," July, 1929; "Greenland from 1898 to Now," July, 1940; and "Servicing Arctic Airbases," May, 1946; also "Discovery of the North Pole (Presentation of Hubbard Gold Medal to Captain Bartlett) ," January, 1910.