Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole
On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette departed San Francisco on a voyage to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait, basing the route on an untested theory that a warm water current from the Pacific Ocean flows into the Arctic. Less than two months later the ship was encased in ice.Trapped for two winters, the crew waited for freedom -while listening to the horrific shifting of the ice, which would eventually crush and sink the Jeannette. Striking out across the frozen wasteland, the crew reached open sea, and the remaining survivors tread their way across Siberia to safety. The final analysis of this voyage, investigated by both the U.S. Navy and Congress, has remained undisclosed until now.Through journals kept by the crew and other documentary evidence, Leonard F. Guttridge recreates the startling true story of the Jeannette expedition -a battle against nature -and reveals the U.S. Government conspiracy that hid the reasons behind the mission's failure.
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Leonard F. Guttridge is drawn to exciting events. Too bad the aren't drawn to him. Guttridge has written books about two sad events of nineteenth century Arctic exploration, the Greeley expedition (The Ghosts of Cape Sabine) and the Jeannette expedition. Both were attempts to reach the North Pole, or at least explore northern latitudes; both involved problems with ships; both resulted in losses of many of the men on the expedition. Of his two books, this strikes me as the better one, perhaps because the story of the Jeannette is more coherent: The expedition was organized, it set out, the ship got trapped, the crew abandoned ship and split up, and some survived and others perished. There is more action, and the action has a direction. But I still found myself slightly lost as the narrative proceeded. The characters seemed ever so slightly unreal. This isn't really a complaint. This is a useful book showing the difficulties which nineteenth century explorers faced -- and the consequences of biting off more than they could chew. But I feel as if there is a truly great book about the Jeannette waiting to be written, and this isn't it.
Review: Icebound: the Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North PoleUser Review - Goodreads
A good fact-filled read. Another artic expedition that ended in disaster. The politics in this one are interesting.
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