Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

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ForeEdge from University Press of New England, 7 окт. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 336
In the golden age of polar exploration (from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s), many an expedition set out to answer the big questionÑwas the Arctic a continent, an open ocean beyond a barrier of ice, or an ocean covered with ice? No one knew, for the ice had kept its secret well; ships trying to penetrate it all failed, often catastrophically. NorwayÕs charismatic scientist-explorer Fridtjof Nansen, convinced that it was a frozen ocean, intended to prove it in a novel if risky way: by building a ship capable of withstanding the ice, joining others on an expedition, then drifting wherever it took them, on a relentless one-way journey into discovery and fame . . . or oblivion. Ice Ship is the story of that extraordinary ship, the Fram, from conception to construction, through twenty years of three epic expeditions, to its final resting place as a museum. It is also the story of the extraordinary men who steered the Fram over the course of 84,000 miles: on a three-year, ice-bound drift, finding out what the Arctic really was; in a remarkable four-year exploration of unmapped lands in the vast Canadian Arctic; and on a twoÐyear voyage to Antarctica, where another famous Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, claimed the South Pole. Ice Ship will appeal to all those fascinated with polar exploration, maritime adventure, and wooden ships, and will captivate readers of such books as The Endurance, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Last Place on Earth. With more than 100 original photographs, the book brings the Fram to life and light.
 

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I just realized (by looking over my wins from the Early Reviewer program) that I'd never posted my review of this book. Ice Ship is non-fiction, and I got it through Early Reviewers. I do love me some ... Читать весь отзыв

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Ice Ship by Charles W Johnson is first of all a beautiful book, well bound and comfortable to read. The story of the ship Fram is just as compelling. The book begins with the need for such a ship and ... Читать весь отзыв

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Polar Fever Myth and Mystery
The First Expedition 18931896 The Arctic Ocean
The Second Expedition 18981902 The Canadian Arctic
The Third Expedition 19101912 Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
Last Voyages

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CHARLES W. JOHNSON is the former Vermont state naturalist, a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and the author of several popular books on natural history. He has a lifelong interest in polar regions and exploration. He lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.

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