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American Experience: The Greely Expedition

American Experience: The Greely Expedition

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In 1881 twenty-five men led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely sailed from the harbor of St. John's Newfoundland. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world's surface that had been described by a British admiral as a "sheer blank." Three years later only six survivors returned with a daunting story of shipwreck starvation mutiny and cannibalism. Abandoned from producer Rob Rapley (Wyatt Earp) tells a harrowing tale of one of the great scientific adventures of all time. Drawing on an impressive documentary record that includes scientific accounts diaries photographs and letters the film reveals the nearly unbearable pressures experienced by the members of the expedition and shows how poor planning personality clashes questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.

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    Title: American Experience: The Greely Expedition
    Genre: Television, Special Interest-Documentary
    Starring: Michael Murphy
    Director: Rob Rapley
    Release Date: 4/26/2011
    Original Year: 2011
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: NR
    Catalog #: 62303
    UPC: 841887013994
    Item #: PBS701399

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 4/26/2011
    Run Time: 60 minutes
    Studio: PBS (Direct)

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