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Miriam and Donald MacMillan, Greenland, 1947

Miriam and Donald MacMillan, Greenland, 1947

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Donald and Miriam MacMillan work at the chart table in the schooner Bowdoin's main cabin, which also served as the library and their sleeping quarters. Note the instruments, books and photographs on the wall, and the firearms stored in a rack by the chart table.

Designed and built specifically for MacMillan's Arctic work in 1921, the schooner was able to navigate near-shore and in ice-clogged waters.

MacMillan was instrumental in charting sections of the Labrador and Greenland coasts, particularly in the years before and during World War II when this part of the world was not yet accurately surveyed.

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