National Geographic : 1955 Apr
© National Geographic Society + Miniature Alps of Ice Rim the Arctic Ocean at Alert Scanning the giant ice cubes tossed against the north coast of Ellesmere Island, the author gained new respect for the courage of Robert E. Peary. In 1909 Admiral Peary and his men set out from Cape Columbia, 73 miles to the west, and sledged to the North Pole in 37 days. Here the National Geographic flag unfurls 518 miles south of the pole. Alert boasts the Western World's northernmost weather station and post office. Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer John E. Fletcher + Crosses Mark the Graves of 9 Men Killed in an Air Crash at Alert The fenced grave is that of Charles J. Hubbard, an American who perished just as he realized his dream: a chain of far-northern weather stations operated by Canada and the United States. As chief of the U. S. Weather Bureau's Arctic Operations Project, Mr. Hub bard died in 1950 with eight others when a parachuted mail drop fouled the tail of their plane. *Page 567: Alert's pylon commemorates the dead.