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Adrift on an Ice-Pan

Sir Wilfred Grenfell

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This autobiographical work describes the author’s harrowing experience caught on a small drifting piece of ice, while crossing a frozen bay by dog team on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .of the purpose of a man, dimly at first, conceived in a home in[xix] which all, both of tradition and of teaching, bred faith, reverence, and the sense of thanksgiving in usefulness.

From the school-days at Parkgate came the step to Marlborough College, where three years were marked by earnest study, both in books and in play, for the one gained a scholarship and the other an enduring interest in Rugby football. Matriculating later at the University of London, Grenfell entered the London Hospital, and there laid not only the foundation of his medical education, but that of his friendship with Sir Frederick Treves, renowned surgeon and daring sailor and master mariner as well. With plenty of work to the fore, as a hospital interne, the ruling spirit still asserted itself, and the[xx] young doctor became an inspiration among the waifs of the teeming city; he was one of the founders of the great Lads' Brigades which have done much good, and fostered more, in the ex. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Most Fridays in the long-ago, my brother would sit breathless soaking up the week’s adventures in The Eagle and The Hotspur. Sometimes the same day, but Saturdays for sure, they came my way and filled several hours with action-packed drama involving high adventure in the most unlikely situations and

This harrowing true story of artic survival left me truly grateful for the comforts of home. The story is a bit graphic but worth reading nonetheless.

I found this real-life account by Wilfred Grenfell to be very interesting. H was on an emergency call and got stranded with his dog team on a chunk of ice (known as an ice pan) with no way to move forward or move back. Not only was he at risk of frostbite and hypothermia, but he also had no food or

An interesting piece of Newfoundland history and a fascinating account of the experience by Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

This book consists of a single account of Grenfell's misfortune during his journey to the home of a young patient. I enjoyed his descriptive storytelling, both of the landscape and his turmoil. This has sparked interest in me to read more about his other writings. The complimentary material included

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