Film, Video Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /

Format Film, Video
Contributors American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Bitzer, G. W.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin)
Dates 1905
Location New York
United States
Language English
Subjects (Robert Edwin)
Actualities (Motion Pictures)
New York
New York (State)
Nonfiction Films
Peary, Robert E.
Roosevelt (Schooner)
Sailing Ships
Short Films
Silent Films
United States
Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York /
Other Title
Departure of Peary [and] Roosevelt from New York
The camera pans to show the schooner "Roosevelt" docked at a covered pier on the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. Then, from a camera position on board, men in straw hats and fashionably dressed ladies are seen boarding the ship. Next, the famous polar explorer Robert Peary appears on the gangway in a dark jacket, mustache and straw hat [Frame: 4552]. He tips his hat, consults his watch, then, just before the film ends, motions to order the departure. On this expedition he achieved the "farthest north" record, but failed to reach the North Pole. Completed only four months prior to this film, the "Roosevelt" was specially designed to withstand Arctic ice. She was 184 feet long, 35 and a half feet wide, with a hull over two and a half feet thick. Fully loaded the ship weighed 1,500 tons while drawing only 16.2 feet. In addition to sail power, the ship was driven by a 1000 horsepower steam engine, which could produce short bursts of even greater power to get the ship through thick ice. The "Roosevelt" served Peary on this expedition as well as the following one in 1908-1909. Sold numerous times to a variety of commercial concerns, the "Roosevelt" was abandoned to the elements on a mud flat in Cristobal, Panama in 1937, where she eventually rotted away.
Contributor Names
Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920.
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905.
Subject Headings
-  Peary, Robert E.--(Robert Edwin),--1856-1920
-  Roosevelt (Schooner)
-  Sailing ships
-  Schooners
-  Explorers--United States
-  Harbors--New York (State)--New York
-  Docks--New York (State)--New York
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Actualities (Motion pictures)
-  H63906 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 28July1905; H63906.
-  Duration: 4:14 at 15 fps.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  MAVIS 1627549; Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York.
-  Photographed July 16, 1905. Location: Dock on Hudson River, New York, N.Y.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  viewing prints and dupe neg; Received: 1991 from LC lab; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  neg pic; Received: 1989/90 from UCLA; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  paper pos; Received: 1905-07-28; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
viewing print. 1 film reel of 1 (323 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
viewing print (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (323 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg. 1 film reel of 1 (323 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
neg pic. 1 film reel of 1 (323 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos. 1 roll (323 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
FEB 9819 (viewing print)
FEB 9786 (viewing print, copy 2)
FPE 5564 (dupe neg)
FPE 5608 (neg pic)
LC 1995 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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