Arctic Experiences: Aboard the Doomed Polaris Expedition and Six Months Adrift on an Ice-floe

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Cooper Square Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 486 pages
In 1871 veteran navigator George Emory Tyson joined the first American expedition to explore the North Pole, but by August 1872, after the mysterious death of the Polaris' leader, Charles Francis Hall, the ice pack in which the ship was travelling began to break up. Nineteen crew members, including Tyson, were stranded on an ice-floe when the ship abandoned them. They were not rescued until April 30, 1873. Unavailable for nearly a century, Arctic Experiences is the fierce, harrowing chronicle of Tyson's incredible feat of endurance and survival.

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Publishers are suddenly gaga for survivor and exploration adventure stories, and this combines both. Tyson was among the crew of the Polaris, which carried the first American expedition to the Arctic ... Read full review


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George E. Tyson (1829-1906) spent 196 days adrift at sea. His memoir was originally published in 1874. He served as captain of a schooner in a subsequent arctic expedition in 1877. Edward E. Leslie, author of Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors, lives in Ohio.

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