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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

Amazing story of Grenfell's survival of certain death at the hands of the icy waters - drifting for several days without food or fresh water - off the coast of Newfoundland. I don't know what pulls me into these stories, but this was among the best because it was penned by the man himself. A nice ad

Amazing, harrowing true story of Doctor Wilfred Grenfell keeping alive while marooned in the open ocean on a small ice block with 12 dogs.
"There was little slumber that night in the villages, and even the men told me there were few dry eyes, as they thought of the impossibility of saving me from pe

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

I’ve been to St. Anthony and toured the Museum honouring the Grenfell Mission and shopped at the Co-op store he opened there. His hospital ship brought hope to many along the coast of Labrador but this first person tale is about a trip across sea ice along the Great Northern Peninsula on a mission o

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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