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Martin Rønne (1861 - 1932) - Biographical Notes

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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 Entrance
Type: bay
Latitude: 72°30S
Longitude: 074°00W
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

Feature Name: Mount Rønne
Type: summit
Latitude: 77°34S
Longitude: 146°10W
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.
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