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Roald Amundsen - Fram
Norwegian South Pole Expedition 1910 - 1911

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Alphabetically

Amundsen, Roald - expedition leader
Beck, Andreas - seaman and ice pilot
Bjaaland, Olav Olavson
Gjertsen, Lieutenant Fredrick - first mate.
Hansen, Ludvig - Seaman and ice pilot
Hanssen, Helmer
Hassel, Sverre
Johansen, Hjalmar
Kristensen - deck-hand and then 3rd engineer
Kutchin, Alexander
Lindstrøm, Adolf Henrick - cook / carpenter
Nilsen, Lieutenant Thorvald - First-Lieutenant, second in command.
Nödtvedt, Jacob - 2nd engineer
Olsen, Karinius - cook / carpenter
Prestrude, Lieutenant Kristian - second officer.
Rønne, Martin - sail maker
Stubberud, Jorgen - carpenter
Sundbeck, Knut - Engineer
Wisting, Oskar


Crew of the Fram - Amundsen centre with bowler hat

Roald Amundsen had originally planned his expedition on the Fram to be one to the North Pole. Peary and Cook however independently claimed to have reached that goal in 1909 when Amundsen's plans were already well advanced.

When the Fram set off from Christiana (now Oslo) in Norway in August 1910 with provisions for 2 years and nearly a hundred Greenland sled dogs, most of the crew and all of the people in Norway who had helped and funded Amundsen thought that the North Pole was still the goal. It was only a month after setting sail, when the ship had reached Madeira, that Amundsen told them his true intentions.

Unlike nearly all of the other expeditions to Antarctica around this time, Amundsen's had but one single goal, to be the first to reach the South Pole. No scientific studies were planned and no investigatory detours of the ship were on the agenda. It was an incredibly bold and risky plan (Amundsen took a different route to that planned by Scott, one that he was not certain would be passable, in the end it turned out to be the better route) but one that was meticulously planned and carried out with precision and of course ultimate success.

In more detail

bullet denotes other Arctic or Antarctic expeditionary experience, prior to, or following this expedition

Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) - expedition leader, member of the south pole party on the first successful expedition to reach the South Pole

first mate - De Gerlache/Belgica 1897-99
expedition leader Gjøa / northwest passage 1903-06

Lieutenant Thorvald Nilsen - First-Lieutenant, second in command.
Lieutenant Fredrick Gjertsen - First mate.

A Norwegian Naval officer

Lieutenant Kristian Prestrude - Second officer.

A Norwegian Naval officer and expedition navigator.

 

Fredrick Hjalmar Johansen -

A legendary figure in Norway at the time of the expedition after being Nansen's partner in 1895, sledging from the Fram to the farthest north record at that time. When not on expeditions Johansen was prone to alcoholism. Amundsen took Johansen at Nansen's request though he had personal reservations.

stoker - Nansen/Fram North Pole attempt 1893-96
sailor - De Gerlache/Belgica 1897-99

Adolf Henrick Lindstrøm - cook / carpenter

cook - Otto Sverdrup/Fram northwest Greenland, Arctic Ocean expedition 1898-1902
cook and handyman - Amundsen/Gjøa northwest passage expedition 1903-06

Olav Olavson Bjaaland - member of the south pole party on the first successful expedition to reach the South Pole

Olav Bjaaland, was probably the world's greatest living skier at the time. He came from the Telemark region of Norway where skiing was developed from a method of transportation into a sport.

Helmer Hanssen - member of the south pole party on the first successful expedition to reach the South Pole

At the time one the world's most talented (non Eskimo) dog drivers. Hanssen had his Mate's certificate and could navigate.

Amundsen/Gjoa northwest passage expedition 1903-06

Sverre Hassel - member of the south pole party on the first successful expedition to reach the South Pole

Master dog driver. Navigator.

Otto Sverdrup/Fram northwest Greenland, Arctic Ocean expedition 1898-1902

Oskar Wisting - member of the south pole party on the first successful expedition to reach the South Pole

Naval gunner, with whaling experience in the arctic. He also had his mate's certificate.

Ludvig Hansen - Seaman and ice pilot

Experienced in the Arctic. A skilled tin smith who made paraffin tanks for use on sledging journeys. Paraffin was used as fuel in the recently developed Primus stoves used on the expedition. It has a tendency to evaporate in dry climates (known as creep), screw capped tanks will not seal well enough to prevent this. One of Hansen's solder sealed tanks was found 50 years later with the contents still intact.

Martin Rønne -

A skilled sail maker who did a lot of work on the tents for the expedition.

Jorgen Stubberud - carpenter

A master carpenter who had renovated Amundsen's house. For the expedition he was commissioned to build a prefabricated observation hut for the pack ice.

Andreas Beck - seaman and ice pilot

Master Arctic ice pilot from the Tromsø area of northern Norway, with 20 years experience sailing in ice strewn waters.

Knut Sundbeck - Engineer

A Swede and an employee of Diesels Moterer Co. of Stockholm Sweden, who helped design Fram's new engine.

Jacob Nödtvedt - 2nd engineer

Nödtvedt set up a black smith's shop on the deck of the Fram, and made parts for dog harnesses, ski bindings, etc.

Otto Sverdrup/Fram northwest Greenland, Arctic Ocean expedition 1898-1902

Alexander Kutchin -

Russian student of oceanography working under professor Bjørn Helland-Hansen.

Karinius Olsen - cook / carpenter

Youngest member of the expedition at only 20.

H. Kristensen - deck-hand and then 3rd engineer

Kristensen was trained for his position as third engineer during the voyage as Amundsen felt that the continuous watches by the first and second engineers while the motor was running was "... rather severe duty ..." and so another engineer was required.

Expedition members in winter clothing
The Norwegians wore furs rather than the tweeds and woolens that British Expeditions favoured at the time
Jorgen Stubberud in winter fur clothing on the expedtion
Jorgen Stubberud
Oskar Wisting in winter fur clothing on the expedtion
Oskar Wisting
Sverre Hassel in winter fur clothing on the expedtion
Sverre Hassel
Roald Amundsen in winter fur clothing on the expedtion
Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen Books and Film

The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912
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Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth
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Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen
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The Last Place on Earth
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Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen: Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic
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The Amundsen Photographs
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Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922
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Roald Amundsen (In the Footsteps of Explorers): The Quest for the South Pole (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
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Roald Amundsen Prints

Roald Amundsen Norwegian Polar Explorer
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Roald Amundsen the First to Reach the South Pole
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Roald Amundsen the First to Reach the South Pole
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Roald Amundsen in the Cabin of His Ship Gjoa
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Amundsen and His Team at Hobart
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Amundsen and Others in Their Winter Quarters at Framheim
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Roald Amundsen Norwegian Polar Explorer
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Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen on Skis During South Pole Expedition
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Roald Amundsen, Fixing Position at the Pole,1911
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The 'Fram' Moored Near Roald Amundsen's House, 1912
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