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True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World

Adolphus W. Greely

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e were some empty bread-casks out of which the carpenter made shift to build three sledges. The party left everything[50] behind for the journey of the next spring, taking only tentage, food, needful tools, and instruments. The way lay along the base of precipitous cliffs, with deep drifts of loose snow on the one hand, and on the other rough ridges of heavy ice pushed up from the sea. Hard as were the conditions of travel for the worn-out seamen, they were much worse for the crippled mate, Taylor, who could not walk with his crutches, and who suffered agony by frequent falls from the overturning sled on which he had to be hauled. The first day broke one sledge, and with zero temperatures the spirits of the men were most gloomy. Being obliged to make double trips to carry their baggage, some of the sailors complained when told off to return for the crippled mate. Ross shamed them into quiet by telling them how much better was their case to be able to haul a shipmate . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A good, interesting selection of survival tales from the Arctic, covering various expeditions and misadventures, some more well known than others. The book is very much of its time, describing the Inuit as very much as savages or innocent children who need saving with white culture and Christianity,

A book of short but interesting stories about Arctic explorers warring against the elements in the early 1920s "adventure books for boys" genre.