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F. Stupart, was anxious to establish six observation stations along the Mackenzie River. 12 In addition, the small financial support and patronage of the Geological Survey was to prove fruitful. The financial support was most welcome, while the association would reinforce the professional respectability of the expedition. Moreover, the backing of the Geological Survey was to give Stefansson an insight into the mind and motivations of the Canadian bureaucracy and establish a valuable entree that led to the 1913-18 expedition.
The most prominent of these was Dr. Roblin A. 4 From known tidal observations, from the heavy character of the ice which everyone assumed was stationary, and from data provided by the polar drifts of the Jeannette (1879) 5 and the Fram (1893-96 )6 Harris not only calculated the extent of this unknown land, but divined its exact position on contemporary maps. 7 There was "something," indeed, in the Beaufort Sea, but its discovery would have to wait a further forty years. In 1946, Colonel Joseph O.
The time was opportune.