November 30, 1912: The Deutschland still imprisoned. . .

–from Wilhelm Filchner’s account To the Sixth Continent— “Ten days passed before the ice opened allowing us to make further progress through the leads.  Predominantly southerly winds, occasionally of impressive strength, were probably the reason that the ice floes lay close packed for so long. . . .Nonetheless, despite our immobility we made good progress northwards … More November 30, 1912: The Deutschland still imprisoned. . .

November 16, 1912: The Deutschland makes ready for the open sea

–from Wilhelm Filchner’s account To the Sixth Continent— [Filchner’s ship Deutschland had been beset in the Weddell Sea since March 6, 1912] “On 14 November Bjorvik drew my attention to the need to move the ship forcibly out of the floe an idea which I had been contemplating and discussing for some time. “15-26 November … More November 16, 1912: The Deutschland makes ready for the open sea

April 17, 1912: Filchner’s expedition settles in for the winter

–from Wilhelm Filchner’s article “The German Antarctic Expedition” in the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society Vol 45, No. 6, 1913– “By April 17 we were held fast in the midst of old floes in 72.24 S. and 40.12 W.  We had resigned ourselves to drifting, a condition we had tried to avoid, and we … More April 17, 1912: Filchner’s expedition settles in for the winter

March 2-7, 1912: Filchner driven away from land, away from Vahsel Bay

–from an abbreviated report by Wilhelm Filchner, on the results of his Antarctic expedition– “By March 2, however, Captain Vahsel considered the position of the ship dangerous and he favored taking her as soon as possible to the open sea.  Director Filchner finally decided to return north to winter in South Georgia and attempt another … More March 2-7, 1912: Filchner driven away from land, away from Vahsel Bay

February 18, 1912: Filchner’s landing place drifts out to sea

[The landing on the flat surface of an apparently stable iceberg had begun on February 8.] –from an abbreviated report by Wilhelm Filchner, on the results of his Antarctic expedition– “The work was delayed, however, by repeated storms; and on Feb. 18 the iceberg broke loose and began to drift.  The task of saving the … More February 18, 1912: Filchner’s landing place drifts out to sea

February 5-13, 1912: Filchner’s landing at Vahsel Bay

–from an abbreviated report by Wilhelm Filchner, on the results of his Antarctic expedition– “On Feb. 5, the ship [Deutschland] again arrived at Vahsel Bay.  The erection of the winter station at once demanded all our attention.  It was decided to place the camp on the flat surface of an iceberg attached to the ice … More February 5-13, 1912: Filchner’s landing at Vahsel Bay

December 11, 1911: Filchner departs South Georgia for the Weddell Sea

Wilhelm Filchner’s ship, the DEUTSCHLAND, was built in Norway specifically for work in polar seas. Under the command of Captain Richard Vahsel, the DEUTSCHLAND left Grytviken December 11,1911 to make a landing at the southern limit of the Weddell Sea. His plan was to make the first Antarctic crossing and determine if Antarctica was a … More December 11, 1911: Filchner departs South Georgia for the Weddell Sea