- On 05/09/2008
- In Marine Sciences
By Larry Smith
In the early years of the 20th century the Explorers Club was one of the hottest gigs around.
Back then its membership included men like Robert Peary and Matthew Henson - the white and black Americans who first reached the North Pole in 1909 (with the help of a few eskimos).
Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander who was the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953 with the Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norbay, was the club's honorary chairman for decades.
And astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the Explorers Club flag with them on the first trip to the moon in 1969.
In fact, a good number of the 20th century’s most influential adventurers were members of this society, whose New York headquarters contains a treasure trove of exploration artifacts and memorabilia.
Over the years the Explorers Club has sponsored hundreds of expeditions. And one of the most recent was to the Bahamas - to Peterson Cay National park off the coast of Grand Bahama to be exact.