Marin History Museum
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marinhistory Artifact 65/101: Louise Arner Boyd’s wooden backpack frame, 1930s. This wooden backpack frame is one of several to accompany San Rafael-based Arctic explorer Louise Arner Boyd. The San Rafael-based heirs indulged in travel in Europe during the 1920s, but it was a polar bear hunting junket in Siberia’s far north in 1926, that led to a long fascination with the Arctic. In 1928, she chartered a boat to join the massive (and ill-fated) search underway in the Barents Sea for Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsun, who had been searching for missing Italian pilot Umberto Nobile.