Provisions Used by the
STEFANSSON
Expedition
(1913)


Provisions of the Karluk expedition of Vilhjamur Stefansson of 1913 to 1918:


After the Karluk was frozen in the ice, she sank on January 11, 1914. The crew had transfered provisions to make-shift structures on the ice. The supplies were put under the control of William McKinlay, a Scottish school teacher who was the expeditionís magnetician and meteorologist. The stores could only be entered by McKinlay or Captain Bartlet. (Seffansson had left the ship to explore. he never returned to the ship, but did return to civilization).

Provisions as recorded by McKinlay January 11, 1914:
 

70 suits underwear
200 pairs Jaeger socks
6 fleece suits
100 fawn skins
20 deer skins
36 woolen shirts
 3 rolls Burberry gaberdine
30 Jaeger caps
2 rolls Jaeger blanketing
2 sacks skin boots (100 pairs)
100 Jaeger mitts
6 Jaeger sweaters
4 Burberry hunting suits
12 sealskins
6 heavy winter skins
2 large sacks deer legs
20 mattresses
50 Jaeger blankets

4,056 pounds Underwood Pemican
5,222 pounds Hudsonís Bay Pemican
3 drums coal oil
15 cases coal oil
candles
matches
2 boxes tea
 2 boxes butter
200 tins milk
 250 pounds sugar
1 box cocoa
2 boxes chocolate

placed on the ice earlier:
250 sacks of coal
33 cases gasoline
1 case codfish
3 large cases codsteaks
5 drums alcohol
14 cases Pilot bread
5 barrels beef
2,000 feet timber
1 extra suit sails
9 sledges
3 coal stoves
90 feet stove piping
2 canoes

McKinlay also referenced coal, clothing, equipment milk pemmican, tea, coffee, butter, sugar, seal meat, beef, pork, bacon, egg powder, soup powder, guns, rifles and ammunition. But, he doesnít give the quantities, only that they had been removed from the ship earlier.


Source:
Mckinlay, William Laird.Karluk, The Great Untold Story Of Arctic Exploration .New York: St. Martinís Press, 1976,  69-70
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