CHARLES FRANCIS HALL, one of America's most celebrated arctic explorers, was born in Rochester, New Hampshire,
in 1821. He was a blacksmith by trade, and located in Cincinnati, where later he became a journalist. For several
years. he devoted a great deal of attention to calorics. Becoming interested in the fate of the explorer, Sir John
Franklin, he joined the expedition fitted out by Henry Grinnell and sailed in the ship "George Henry,"
under Captain Buddington, which left New London, Connecticut, in 1860. He returned in 1862, and two years later
published his "Arctic Researches." He again joined the expedition fitted out by Mr. Grinnell, and sailed
in the ship, " Monticello," under Captain Buddington, this time remaining in the arctic region over four
years. On his return he brought back many evidences of having found trace of Franklin.
In 1871 the "Polaris" "was fitted out by the United States government, and Captain Hall again sailed
for the polar regions. He died in Greenland in October, 1871, and the "Polaris" was finally abandoned
by the crew, a portion of which, under Captain Tyson, drifted with the icebergs for one hundred and ninety five
days, until picked up by the "Tigress," on the 30th of April, 1873. The other portion of the crew built
boats, and, after a perilous voyage, were picked up in June, 1873, by a whaling vessel.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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