Amundsen/Fram - first successful expedition to reach the South Pole -
Byrd Antarctic Expedition 1928-30 - sail maker,
ski instructor, dog-driver and ice pilot.
The following biography is kindly supplied by
Jason Mulhall, Martin Rønne's great-grandson.
Martin was born on the 15th of
September 1861 in Hamar, Norway, he is buried in Horten Norway where
he died on the 23rd of May 1932.
He was the sail maker on the Fram,
and made the silk tent Amundsen left at the south pole. He also was
a member of the First Byrd expedition to Antarctica, for which he
received a congressional Gold Medal. His son (my grandfather's
brother) Captain Finn Rønne took his fathers place on the second
Byrd Expedition, and then had his own expedition to Antarctica. At
the bottom of the world map you will see that there is an area named
"Rønne Ice Shelf". This area is named after Martin Rønne, Capt Finn
Rønne and his Wife Edith "Jackie" Rønne.
If you do a Google search on Capt
Finn Ronne, or "From
Heels to Mukluks".. you will find some more articles. Aunt
Jackie was one of the first women to over winter in Antarctica along
with another officers wife.
Landmarks named after Martin Rønne
Feature Name: Rønne
Description: Broad SW entrance of George VI Sound where it
opens on Bellingshausen Sea at the SW side of Alexander Island.
Discovered on a sledge journey through the sound in December 1940 by
Finn Rønne and Carl Eklund of the USAS, 1939-41, and named Rønne
Bay. Since 1940, the head of the bay has receded eastward into
George VI Sound, altering the relationships on which the name was
based. The name was therefore changed to Rønne Entrance, in keeping
with the physical characteristics of the feature. Named after the
Rønne family, of which the father, Martin Rønne, was a member of the
Norwegian expedition under Amundsen, 1910-12, and the ByrdAE,
1928-30; the son, Finn Rønne (d.1980), was a member of the ByrdAE,
1933-35, and the USAS, 1939-41. Finn Ronne also served as leader of
the RARE, 1947-48, and as military and scientific leader at
Ellsworth Station during the IGY, 1957.
Variant Name(s) - Rønne Bay
A prominent, flattish mountain which projects from the middle of the
E side of the Haines Mountains, in the Ford Ranges of Marie Byrd
Land. The mountain was probably first observed on aerial flights by
the ByrdAE (1928-30). Named by US-ACAN for Martin Rønne with the
ByrdAE (1928-30), and the Fram and Amundsen.