Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

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D & M Publishers, Dec 1, 2009 - History - 240 pages
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The centuries-long quest for the fabled Northwest Passage rivals the story of Antarctic exploration for heroism, drama, and tragedy. Expedition after expedition set off in search of a sea route connecting Europe with Asia's riches; each expedition suffered extreme hardship and ended in defeat, until Roald Amundsen finally succeeded in 1903-06.

Across the Top of the World brings this incredible saga to life through exhaustive research, grim firsthand accounts, and hundreds of dramatic images. Paintings, engravings, and photos of the intrepid men and their ships, as well as of relics and archaeological sites, provide a poignant and compelling link with the past, while landscapes and seascapes of the harsh yet beautiful Arctic illustrate the challenges that faced explorers. Covering all the major expeditions in detail, and written with passion and authority, this book is both a scholarly reference and an eminently readable history of Arctic exploration.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 An Archipelago of Ice
3
CHAPTER 2 The Strait of Anian
19
CHAPTER 3 First Approaches
35
CHAPTER 4 British Endeavours
55
CHAPTER 5 A Push in All Directions
79
CHAPTER 6 Franklin Lost the Passage Discovered
107
CHAPTER 7 Franklins Fate
149
CHAPTER 8 The Northwest Passage Conquered
171
The Passage After 1945
197
LIST OF MAPS
205
NOTES
206
BIBLIOGRAPHY
212
INDEX
222
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President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, James Delgado is the author or editor of 30 books, including the international bestseller Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War. When not in Texas or on an INA project around the world, he lives in Steveston, British Columbia.

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