The Arctic explorer Dr Cooke arrives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Arctic explorer Dr Frederick Albert Cook arrives in Copenhagen, 4 September 1909.
Ship 'Hans Egede' approaching harbour with flags flying. Dr Cook standing on deck, smiling and speaking. Cook and others disembark from a boat onto quay. Cook, without hat, is followed by Crown Prince Christian (in top hat). Others include Maurice Egan, US Minister to Denmark. Cook and Crownj Prince acknolwedge crowd. Cut to clip of Cook waving to crowd from balcony of hotel.
Cook's claim to have been the first to reach the North Pole has been dogged with controvsery. He was challenged by Capt Robert Peary, who is generally accepted to have been first.
Cook is a major character in a fiction book, The Navigator of New York, by Wayne Johnston, published in 2003. In recent years Peary's account has encountered renewed criticism and skepticism (Rawlins, 1973; Berton, 2001; Henderson, 2005). Which man, if either, was first to reach the North Pole continues to be a matter of considerable controversy in the arena of popular publications, though among professionals both of Cook's claims have been almost unanimously rejected for nearly a century.