Stefansson, who was nominally a member of the expedition, spent his time with the Eskimo in the Mackenzie delta, learning their habits and language in order to equip himself for future explorations.
Stefansson and R.
In July 1913 Stefansson sailed from Nome with a large expedition, supported by the Canadian Government, for the exploration of the Beaufort Sea and the N.W.
20, when Stefansson and several men were ashore hunting, it broke away during a heavy gale, drifted with the pack until it was crushed, and sank in lat.
Stefansson, with two companions and a dog team, left Martin Point, Alaska, on March 22 1914, reached lat.
1915 with three companions, Stefansson reached Prince Patrick I., and completed the charting of the coasts.
In 1918 a severe attack of fever compelled Stefansson to hand over the command for the last season's work to S.
Official reports of the Stefansson expedition in Report of the Dept.
Stefansson, My Life with the Eskimo (1913), and R.