More New Land
Ignoring the official request that the CAE leave the Arctic
in 1916, Stefansson prolonged his stay and the Northern Party continued searching
beyond the northern islands in 1916. The advance party started off from the North
Star camp on northern Banks Island in late January,
arriving on Melville Island
in April, and Borden Island in May. From Kellett, Stefansson reached Mercy Bay
in early April en route to Melville, Brock, Borden and Ellef Ringnes Islands.
The men (Emiu, Noice, Knight, and Stefansson) discovered the "Second Land",
later named Meighen Island, and the third "New Land", part of which
was later named Lougheed Island. They retreated to the camp at Cape Grassy, Melville
Island in September and wintered there. The people left at Mary Sachs that winter
were Bernard, Knight, Thomsen and his family, and four Inuit.
Members of CAE Northern Party by flashlight: (back row,
from left) Knight, Thomsen, Castel, Noice, (front row) M. Kilian, and
Captain P. Bernard, at Kellett Base, Banks Island, N.W.T. January 1, 1916.
GHW 51098. Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization
In December 1916 Peter Bernard and Charles Thomsen set off
from Kellett base for Melville Island with three heavily loaded sleds, carrying
mail and supplies for Stefansson's northern party. They never arrived.