The lead ship, Proteus, was crushed in the pack ice just east of the Bache Peninsula
: the crew barely managed to escape with a minimum of supplies, which they later cached on nearby Pim Island.
The company director, Chris Verrico, said, 'The geographic proximity to the recently acquired Bache Peninsula
coal licences fits well with the Company's vision of a tidewater coal operation, with coal destined for European and potentially Asian coal markets.
If the attribution to Kruger were correct, the existence of this site would demonstrate that the expedition got farther on its return journey to Bache Peninsula than previously believed.
The failure of Kruger's expedition to return that year to Bache Peninsula or to another base at Dundas Harbour on Devon Island prompted the RCMP to mount a search patrol in the spring of 1931, but poor snow conditions prevented them from reaching Axel Heiberg Island.
The photographs effectively convey the extremely rugged character of the topography of Ellesmere Island, as well as the fragile RCMP toeholds at the Craig Harbour and Bache Peninsula
detachments in the 1920s and 1930s.
However, the new site is on the general path Kruger had planned to take on his journey back to the RCMP's Bache Peninsula
detachment on Ellesmere Island.
From the outset, it had been the government's objective to establish a detachment on the shores of Bache Peninsula
, at the entrance to Flagler Bay.
One was established the following year at Craig Harbour on southern Ellesmere Island, and another, a few years later, at Bache Peninsula
on the east coast of the island.
During those August days of 1923, Captain Bernier on the Arctic was in effect attempting to transfer Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP officers from the Craig Harbour RCMP post on southern Ellesmere Island to the Bache Peninsula
Cook's numbers are rarely reliable, but it is not uncommon for the ice bridge to begin around the north end of the Bache Peninsula
, some 35 km beyond Camp Clay.
Previous examinations of coal artifacts from the Bache Peninsula
region of eastern Ellesmere Island, including the analysis of beads and a possible labret, showed that the artifacts consisted of a variety of coal and organic-rich shale types (lignite, boghead coal, cannel shale), some of which could be traced to nearby outcrop exposures (Kalkreuth et al., 1993a).
Sutherland is working in the northern part of this huge island, whereas Peter Schledermann and Karen McCullough have concentrated their research on the central and southern east coast of Ellesmere Island, in particular the Bache Peninsula