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Image: The Hubbard Sledge, used by Peary at the North Pole

The Hubbard Sledge, used by Peary at the North Pole

30 x 23 x 132 5/16 in. (76 x 58 x 336 cm)

Object Type: transportation
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Medium and Support: wood, iron, rawhide
Credit Line: Bowdoin College Collection
Accession Number: 1966.157
One of five sledges that made the final trek to the Pole, this was most likely built aboard the SS Roosevelt by Matthew Henson, to Peary's own design. It has a strong blunt nose to resist shock, and a rounded or "knockabout" bow for rough work. Made primarily of oak lashed together with rawhide, the sledge has steel runners. It has been repaired on the trail with wood scavenged from other sledges, reflecting the difficulty of the trip.

It was named for Thomas Hubbard, a major supporter of Peary's Arctic work.

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