The USS Jeannette

Weather records found frozen in time

Weather records found frozen in time, by Simon de Bruxelles

In 1879 the crew of the USS Jeannette became trapped en route to the North Pole, locked in the Arctic deep freeze for two years.

There was not much to do apart from watch out for polar bears and keep a meticulous record of the weather, noting down the barometric pressure, wind direction, sea temperature and visibility. The information in the logbooks that survived the ordeal, unlike two thirds of the crew, is now helping to recreate a day-to-day history of the world’s weather over the past 200 years.