Bentsen Burnt 
(1860–02.01.1899)


Norwegian sailor. 
In 1890, Bentsen passed the navigational exam and since then has repeatedly sailed as a navigator in the Arctic seas. 
He was a member of the expedition F. Nansen on the "Frame" in the years 1893-1896. He was taken on board in Tromso an hour before departure.Initially, he intended to reach only the Yugorsky Ball, but then he remained until the end of the voyage and, according to Nansen, turned out to be a real find. Bentsen was a master of all trades, always cheerful and tireless entertainer. After the expedition ended, he headed the tourist house in Advent Bay in Svalbard. 
In 1898–99 Bentsen participated in the expedition of W. Wellman to Franz Josef Land. In the autumn of 1898, he stayed for the winter in the expedition’s food depot on the west coast of Wilczek Land. A hut was built for him and his companion, Biervig, from stones, fin and walrus hides.Bentsen fell ill in November and died on 2 January. Before his death, he asked his comrade not to bury him until spring, since it was impossible for one person to do this well, and the grave could be broken by foxes and bears. Biervig complied with the will of his friend and for two months he lived in a hut side by side with a frozen corpse. According to Wellman, this had virtually no effect on Bierwig’s mental state. He was only a little nervous and complained of insomnia. 
Together, the comrades buried Bentsen on Cape Geller, Wilczek Land Island. 
In 1960, the hydrographs of the
Hydrographic Enterprise of the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route visited here. They found the hut in a dilapidated state, around it were scattered a lot of walrus bones. Inside the hut, polar explorers found a hard drive, cartridges, a lantern, a teapot, tea in tiles, walrus tusks and floats of red copper, in which Wellman’s expedition contained food intended for the expedition to the pole. At 50 meters north of the hut, the hydrographers noticed a small pile of stones. Carefully lifting a few stones, we saw the remains of a man. It was Bentsen. A well-preserved sweater, long woolen stockings, a blanket in which the dead person was wrapped, hair on his head. It was decided to make a reburial. On the basis of an expedition on Heiss Island, they made a coffin, an obelisk and a marble slab with the inscription: “Bernt Bentsen Norge 1899. Expedition on the ship “Fritiof” USA.  Hydrographic expedition of the USSR in 1960". All this was taken on a boat to Geller Cape, dug a grave near the former place and carefully lowered the coffin with the remains into it, saluting glorious Norwegian shots from carbines. 
By the 1970s, only a stone foundation was preserved from the Bentsen and Biervig huts. 
Cape in the southeast of Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic archipelago.

Bay in the west of the island of Wilczek Land archipelago Franz Josef Land. Opened and named in the winter of 1933 by employees of the p/st "Silent Cove".

 

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