Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole

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Berkley Books, Dec 1, 2001 - History - 237 pages
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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 missionrs"s failure.

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Leonard F. Guttridge is drawn to exciting events. Too bad they aren't drawn to him. Guttridge has written books about two sad events of nineteenth century Arctic exploration, the Greeley expedition ... Read full review

Icebound: the Jeannette Expedition's quest for the North Pole

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Guttridge recounts the history of the Jeannette expedition (1879-81), which cost the lives of its commander, George DeLong, and 19 others. This American expedition sailed with the hope of reaching the ... Read full review


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