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Hans Hendrik 'the Esquimaux' with his daughter/wife[?] and son on the upper deck of 'Discovery'
[The British Arctic Expedition, 1875-76]
1875, 20 July
33 x 39.2 x 13 cm
National Maritime Museum
Repro ID: P39584 ® National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
The National Maritime Museum provides the context for this photograph:
Hans was employed on the expedition as one of the native dog-drivers on board Discovery. The Alert and Discovery spent three days at Proven, Greenland, between 19 and 21 July 1875 in order to collect the dog-drivers. The official report stated that 'All speak in the highest terms of Hans, the Esquimaux, who was untiring in his exertions with the dog-sledge, and in procuring game'. Indeed, he played an important role in helping to contain the outbreak of scurvy.