The S.S. "Roosevelt," ca. 1908

Contributed by Maine State Museum


Admiral Peary designed his ship, the S.S. Roosevelt, to withstand the extreme conditions of the Arctic. Built with funds raised by the Peary Arctic Club, construction of the Roosevelt began on October 15, 1904.

She was launched on March 23, 1905. Built on Verona Island using Maine lumber, the Roosevelt carried Peary and his crew on the successful 1909 voyage to the North Pole.

After 1909, a series of owners used the Roosevelt for a variety of purposes. She served as a salvage vessel, a fishing boat, and a tug boat. During World War I the S.S. Roosevelt was used to patrol the West Coast.

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  • Title: The S.S. "Roosevelt," ca. 1908
  • Creation Date: circa 1908
  • Subject Date: circa 1908
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Media: Lantern slide
  • Local Code: 69.58.1c
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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