Expedition XI – Carl Petersen, 1813-1880 stamp from Greenland

Expedition XI – Carl Petersen, 1813-1880 stamp from Greenland

The stamp designer Martin Morck has drawn and engraved for the Post Greenland the eleventh part of the series about significant Greenland expeditions. The Arctic accomplishments of Dane Carl Petersen in the mid-1800s are celebrated on this stamp.

Johan Carl Christian Petersen (June 28, 1813 - June 24, 1880) was a Danish seaman and interpreter who participated in several expeditions in Northern Canada and Greenland in search of the missing British explorer John Franklin.

Petersen was born in Copenhagen. At the age of about 20 he moved to Godthab (now Nuuk) in Greenland where he made a living as a carpenter and sailor. In 1841 he moved to Upernavik, at the time the most northern Danish colony in Greenland. There he married a native Inuit and took on their customs and way of living, in the process he became a quite skilled hunter, dog sledge driver and observer.

He worked on William Penny's Expedition (1850–51), Elisha Kane's Second Grinnell Expedition (1853–1855) into Kane Basin, Francis Leopold McClintock Expedition (1857) and Isaac Israel Hayes North Pole Expedition (1860–61). He wrote two book about these expeditions.

On Kane's expedition he worked together with the young Eskimo Hans Hendrik who has Hans Island named after him.

After these expeditions he moved back to Denmark, and died in Copenhagen, aged 66.

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