The Norwegian ship Fram, foreground, encounters the British Terra Nova off Antarctic pack ice in 1911. The Fram carried Roald Amundsen, who would reach the South Pole in 1911 a month before Robert F. Scott, in Terra Nova. (Corbis)
famous polar vessels - The Fram
ansen's Fram expedition was an 1893–1896 attempt by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen to reach the geographical North Pole by harnessing the natural east–west current of the Arctic Ocean. In the face of much discouragement from other polar explorers, Nansen took his ship Fram to the New Siberian Islands in the eastern Arctic Ocean, froze her into the pack ice, and waited for the drift to carry her towards the pole.