Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 9

May 2005

“William De Brahm, The South’s First Geographer,” Chapter 21 (pp. 307-317) in The Role of the South in the Making of American Geography (Bellwether Press, 2004).

Norman Fiering, along with the American Friends of the Hakluyt Society, organized in April 2004 the launching of the second volume of the Society’s Malaspina edition. The event was attended by the Spanish Ambassador who made Norman a Commander of the Orden de Isabel de Católica.

Joseph Fitzgerald says that since retiring from his practice of urology on July 1, 2003, he has been busy researching old maps. What he really appreciates is not getting night and weekend calls.

Arthur Ford was a lecturer on geology and glaciers on a transit of the Northwest Passage in August 2004 with Quark Expeditions (Darien, CT). The voyage of the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov transited the same route originally taken in 1903-1906 by Roald Amundsen on his 47-ton herring boat Gjoa, with a 13 HP engine. The trip was in reverse direction of Amundsen, from the Beaufort Sea (Amundsen Gulf) to Lancaster Sound. Art reported that sea ice was unusually thick this year. The trip in a modern 24,000 HP icebreaker was done in less than two weeks, in contrast to the three winters needed by Amundsen. In the harbor of the village of Cambridge Bay (Victoria Land) a visit was made to the sunken hulk of Amundsen’s ship Maud, the three-masted schooner Amundsen sailed across the polar basin in 1922-1924.
Art submitted three manuscripts for the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration: The Exploration of Antarctica, The International Geophysical Year, and Douglas Mawson. 

E.W. Giesecke presented a paper at the September 2004 international conference, “Spain’s Legacy in the Pacific,” held at the San Diego Maritime Museum. The title of his presentation was “Tracking Local History for the

Location of the Northwest’s [Oregon] Lost Manila Galleon Wreck, ca. AD 1640.” This pre-exploration event on the Oregon Coast is the first documented intercultural contact (castaways, and attested to by on-site archaeology and native traditions), but it is still under-recognized.

Ronald Grim sent word that he retired from the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress on January 3, 2005. On January 10, he commenced a new career as the Map Curator at the Boston Public Library.

John B. Hattendorf is currently serving as President of the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). He delivered the Annual Lecture of the Hakluyt Society in London during July 2004: “Sailing on a Sea of Ink: Books, Printing and Reading in Maritime History,” which will be published by the Hakluyt Society. John’s article “Le livre maritime dans le monde Anglophone” appears in Annie Charon, et. al (eds), Le Livre maritime au siècle des Lumières: Editions et Diffusion des Connaissances Maritimes (1750-1850), Paris: Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2004).

Conrad Heidenreich saw the publication of a chapter on Champlain’s cartography that he had written with Ed Dahl for Champlain: The Birth of French America (McGill-Queen’s Univ. Press, 2004), as well as twelve entries in the Oxford Companion to Canadian History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004). He is continuing his work with Janet Ritch on Champlain’s writings for the Champlain Society, which reached its centenary this year. Conrad’s principal occupation however, is enjoying retirement, the wonderful meals cooked by Nancy, and long walks taken together with their dog Molly.

Francis Herbert delivered the Eva G.R. Taylor Annual Lecture for 2004 on October 26 at the Royal Geographical Society. His presentation was entitled “… to mesure and compace the hevyn and erth and all the world large: The R.G.S.-IBG Collections Taylored for Study.”

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