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Koettlitz, Reginald, 1861-1916



  • Existence: 1861 - 1916

Reginald Koettlitz (1861-1916). Physician and crew member on the Jackson-Harmsworth polar expedition. The Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition was undertaken by Frederick George Jackson (1860-1938) under the patronage of Alfred Harmsworth (later North Northcliffe). The aim was to reach the North Pole using the arctic archipelago Franz Josef Land as base. Sailing in the Windward in 1894, the Expedition based at Cape Flora (at "Elmwood", named after Harmsworth's house) in Franz Josef Land for three years. Although they failed to find an overland route to the North Pole, they conducted an important exploration of the group of islands there and, on June 17 1896, encountered Nansen and Frederick Hjalmar-Johansen returning from the northeast, a dramatic meeting which probably saved the two Norwegians' lives. The last year of the Expedition was spent in making an extensive survey and scientific examination of the archipelago, carried out by Jackson, Koettlitz, Armitage, H. Fisher, and W.S. Bruce.

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Reginald Koettlitz autograph album and letters

Stefansson Mss-66
Identifier: Mss-66
Overview Reginald Koettliz (1861-1916), physician. Consist of an album containing autographs of prominent person, many of whom were arctic explorers. Three letters addressed to Henry Dowdeswell and two printed Christmas cards are also included.