1872-1928Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian polar explorer, was the first to detect the magnetic North Pole and to navigate the Northwest Passage, the Arctic water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He left Norway with a crew of six on June 16 of 1903 in 1 69-foot converted herring boat named Gjoa. Amundsen spent three years on the perilous journey. The Gjoa continued on, sailing through the Bering Strait and anchored off Point Bonita, outside the Golden Gate, on October 19, 1906. The San Francisco Norwegian community purchased the Gjoa from Amundsen and donated the ship to the people of San Francisco in 1909. In 1911, Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole. The Gjoa remained at this site at the western end of Golden Gate Park until 1972, when it was returned to Norway. The restored ship is now on display at the Maritime Museum in Oslo.
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|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 8:32pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||10S E 543112 N 4180401|
|Decimal Degrees||37.76993333, -122.51048333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 46.196', W 122° 30.629'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 46' 11.76" N, 122° 30' 37.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||415, 858|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco CA 94121, US|
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