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 Adrien de Gerlache

Adrien de Gerlache

Original Name de Gomery
Birth
Hasselt, Arrondissement Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium
Death 4 Dec 1934 (aged 68)
Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Burial Evere, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Memorial ID 4492 · View Source
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Explorer. Born in in Hasselt, Belgium, he was an engineer officer in the Belgian Royal Navy with a passion to explore the Antarctic. In 1896, he purchased a whaling ship and after an extensive refit, named it the Belgica. On August 16, 1897, he set sail from Antwerp, with the first multinational crew which included notable explores Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook and Emil Racovita on an expedition to the Antarctic. He was also the first to spend 380 days there during winter, charting and naming several islands during some 20 separate landings in the Antarctic Circle. The expedition returned to Antwerp on November 5, 1899.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 8 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4492
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adrien de Gerlache (2 Aug 1866–4 Dec 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4492, citing Brussels Communal Cemetery, Evere, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .