American Experience

The Greely Expedition

Season 23, Ep 7, Aired 1/31/11
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  • Episode Description
  • An 1881 maritime expedition to document the world of the high Arctic runs into adverse conditions that prove to be disastrous for the members of the crew.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rob Rapley

  • Michael Murphy (I)

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Michael Robinson (historian): (on the purpose of the expedition) The hope was that this would offer the key to a new climatic understanding of this world.

    Trivia (1)

    • Because of evidence of cannibalism, the scientific data brought back by the few survivors of the expedition was shunned. It would only be analyzed when contemporary climatologists sought historical documentation of climate changes in the Arctic.

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