The Roosevelt icebound signed lower right "A. Cedros" oil on canvas 36-3/4 x 55-1/4 in. (93.3 x 140.3 cm.)
When Robert Peary wanted to attempt to reach the North Pole, he knew he needed a specialized ship to withstand the rigors or the arctic waters. He designed the Roosevelt after Fridtjof Nanson's Fram, with a rounded hull, steam engine, and auxiliary sails. In July 1905, the Roosevelt set sail from New York with Commander Robert Peary and anchored at Cape Sheridan in Northern Canada and waited for Peary and his attempt for the Pole. The ice caused much damage to the ship and she was barely able to return to New York for repairs. in July 1908, Peary set out on his second attempt to reach the North Pole, and again anchored at Cape Sheridan. This time Peary made it to the Pole and returned home in victory and controversy.
The Roosevelt, which was actually built from funds raised by the Peary Arctic Club. After her two trips to the North Pole she sold to John Artbuckle in 1910. He then turned around and sold her to the U.S. Fisheries Commission in 1915. During World War I, the Roosevelt worked as a West Coast watch ship and, after the war, was turned into a tug by the West Coast Tug Company. The Roosevelt was abandoned in 1942.
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