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Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition

This expedition was from 1872-74 and discovered Franz-Josef Land[?]. According to Julius von Payer, one of the leaders, the journey was to find the north-eastern passage. It actually explored the area northwest of Novaya Zemlya. According to the other leader, Karl Weyprecht, the north pole was a secondary target. The financing was an estimated total costs 175,000 florins from Austro-Hungarian nobles.

The main ship was the "Tegetthoff," named from an Austrian Admiral under whon Weyprecht served, built by Teklenborg & Beurmann in Bremerhaven. It was a three-masted schooner of 220 tons, 38.34m long, with a 100 hp steam engine.



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