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April 6, 1909: Commander Robert E. Peary Reaches the North Pole (Naval History Blog)

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This article was originally published in the April 1959 issue of Proceedings as “Peary at the North Pole” by Hugh C. Mitchell

On September 5, 1909, the steamer Roosevelt reached Indian Harbor in Labrador, and Robert E. Peary, a com­mander in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U. S. Navy, wired the secretary of the Peary Arctic Club in New York City a cipher message which, being decoded, read, “Pole reached. Roosevelt Safe.” And at the same time a message went to Mrs. Peary: “Have made good. I have the pole. Am well. Love.”

These messages announced the success of ...

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Establishment of Naval Aide System, 1 December 1909 (Naval History Blog)

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In 1909 the governance of the Navy was vested in the Secretary of the Navy, and under him the afloat commanders and the chiefs of bureaus responsible for the Navy’s material requirements, such as the Bureau of Yards and Docks. SECNAV had no operational director or advisor, and no one responsible for coordinating the work [...]

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Storeship Culgoa Provides Earthquake Relief, 1909 (Naval History Blog)

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At 5:20 a.m. on 28 December 1908, a powerful earthquake struck southern Italy. The city of Messina was devastated, with at least 95% of its buildings reduced to rubble and almost 100,000 of its 150,000 residents killed. RAdm. Charles S. Sperry, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, dispatched the storeship Culgoa from the homeward-bound Great [...]

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