Important Relics from Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition Ship, the City of New York

Important Relics from Admiral Byrd's Antarctic Expedition Ship, the City of New York. The history of the City of New York began in 1885, when she was known as the Samson. The Samson was a 170 foot steam barque launched by K. Larsen at Logebergskaret, Arendal, Norway. The ship's first duty was as a sealing ship operating in arctic waters and ranging from the Orkneys to Newfoundland. On the night of April 14,1912, Samson, with 3000 pounds of frozen seal in her hold, was in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. On the horizon the crew of Samson saw signal rockets fired into the night sky by an unidentified ship. Samson's cargo of seal was illegal, harvested in Canadian territorial waters without the necessary permits. Fearing the rockets were from a Royal Navy vessel wanting to board Samson, the crew doused the ship's lights and quickly steamed out of the area. A few days later the captain of Samson heard the news of the sinking of RMS Titanic with the loss of 1517 lives. As additional news of the disaster was released it became clear to the captain and crew of Samson that their ship was the "mystery" ship that lay only a few miles from the stricken Titanic and did not come to her aid. The captain of SS Californian, another ship in the vicinity which did not respond Titanic's distress signals, was publicly pilloried and became a ... read more