Updated 2-15-2010

March 2010 Column


Don Mix Returns Home


  Coming home wasn’t easy for Don Mix
and the Bowdoin crew. Like Arctic explorers
before them, they found the weather
conditions there are unpredictable and caused
unexpected problems. And in this case they
almost didn’t come back, or more correctly,
the Bowdoin almost didn’t come back.

   The summer there was colder than expected.
Even though the ice disappeared beyond
the harbor, Refuge Harbor was covered with
ice, just as solid as during the winter before.
The wind and waves help break up the ice,
but the harbor was somewhat protected and
the ice there didn’t clear. Then the ice melted around the ship making an opportunity to brake free.

  Right: Don in Kayak next to the Bowdoin
surounded by ice.

Don Mix in Kayak
They almost didn't return. On the third high tide, they were able to refloat the Bowdoin, and sailed home
Bowdoin on rock, 1st day
Stuck on a rock, the first low tide after.
Bowdoin on Rock- 2nd day
Stuck on a rock, the second low tide after.
Right: September 20, 1924 - ARRL officials Mr. Maxim, Ken Warner, Don Mix, and Fred Schnell on the dock, Bowdoin in the background. Home in Wiscasset

K2TQN's Speaking Tour for this Year

I will be making a few presentations about the 1923 Bowdoin expedition, titled the “Wireless North Pole and the Adventures of Don Mix” with lots of the original photos. I regret not being able to go everywhere I have been invited.

If you are in the area, I hope you will attend.

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the CC-AWA meet in Charlotte, NC.

John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail: K2TQN@arrl.net