The Last Voyage of the Karluk

This is the only firsthand account of what followed: a nightmare struggle in which half the crew perished, one was mysteriously shot, and the rest were near death by the time of their rescue twelve months later.

Author: William Laird McKinlay

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781250095701

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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An astonishing narrative of disaster and perseverance, The Last Voyage of the Karluk will thrill readers of adventure classics like Into Thin Air and The Climb. In 1913, explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson hired William McKinlay to join the crew of the Karluk, the leading ship of his new Arctic expedition. Stefansson's mission was to chart the waters north of Alaska; yet the Karluk's crew was untrained, the ship was ill-suited to the icy conditions, and almost at once the Karluk was crushed-at which point Stefansson abandoned his crew to continue his journey on another ship. This is the only firsthand account of what followed: a nightmare struggle in which half the crew perished, one was mysteriously shot, and the rest were near death by the time of their rescue twelve months later. Written some sixty years after the fact, and drawing extensively on his own daily log, McKinlay's narrative of this doomed expedition is rendered with remarkable clarity of recollection, and with a combination of horror and a level of self-possession that, to modern eyes, may seem incredible. Like most of his companions, McKinlay was inexperienced, without a day's training in the skills essential to survival in the Arctic. Yet he and many of his fellow crewmen, with the help of an Eskimo family accustomed to such conditions, survived a year under the harshest of conditions, enduring 80-mile-per-hour gales and temperatures well below zero with only the barest of provisions and almost no hope of contact with civilization. Nearly a century later, this remains one of the most compelling survival stories ever written-an extraordinary testament to man's overpowering will to live.
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The Last Voyage of the Karluk

It sounded like the firing of a cannon. Bartlett immediately ordered supplies be unloaded on the ice. The Karluk began to break up on January 10, and all on board were ordered to abandon ship.

Author: Bob Bartlett

Publisher:

ISBN: 1897317182

Category: Arctic regions

Page: 302

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On January 4, 1914, the Karluk was stuck in ice when the ominous sound of the ship's stern being ripped open by pack ice was heard by all on board. It sounded like the firing of a cannon. Bartlett immediately ordered supplies be unloaded on the ice. The Karluk began to break up on January 10, and all on board were ordered to abandon ship. When everyone was safely on the ice, the captain himself went back to his cabin and, all alone, put Chopin's Funeral March on his Victrola. As the water rose in the cabin, he whispered "Goodbye," left the sinking vessel to the mournful sound of Chopin's music and hurried out on the ice. It was to be the beginning of one of the greatest feats of valour in world history. From the foreword by Paul O'Neill
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The Last Voyage of the Karluk Flagship of Vilhjalmar Stefansson s Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 16

Account of the voyage and drift, July 1913-Jan. 1914, in Beaufort and Chukchi seas; the loss of the Karluk, dogsledge journey across the ice to Wrangell Island, thence to the Siberian coast, the rescue of the survivors.

Author: Robert Abram Bartlett

Publisher: Boston : Small, Maynard & Company

ISBN: UOM:39015010832668

Category: Arctic regions

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Account of the voyage and drift, July 1913-Jan. 1914, in Beaufort and Chukchi seas; the loss of the Karluk, dogsledge journey across the ice to Wrangell Island, thence to the Siberian coast, the rescue of the survivors.
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Karluk

The extraordinary account of Stefansson's Arctic Expedition of 1913-18 and the incredible survival of the crew members of Karluk, its leading ship.

Author: William Laird McKinlay

Publisher:

ISBN: 0297643681

Category: Arctic regions

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Karluk set sail on its ill-fated expedition to the Arctic in June 1913. Vilhjalmur Stefansson, the Canadian explorer and captain of the ship, led 25 crew members - seamen and scientists - on a journey from which 11 of them would never return. This ship was trapped in the ice after only a few weeks. Ill-prepared and lacking in any effective leadership, the men were forced to abandon Karluk. They lived on drifting ice-floes for six months while the ship's commander completed a hazardous 700-mile journey to Siberia in search of rescue. By that time eight had set off to reach land; their kit and clothes were found strewn along their trail but they were never seen alive again. a further man shot himself and two died of malnutrition and disease on the desolate snow-covered Wrangel Island, where the rest barely managed to survive until they were recovered.
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Ada Blackjack

Ada Blackjack is more than a rugged tale of a woman battling the elements to survive in the frozen north--it is the story of a hero.

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 9781401304423

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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From the author of The Ice Master comes the remarkable true story of a young Inuit woman who survived six months alone on a desolate, uninhabited Arctic island In September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt to colonize desolate Wrangel Island for Great Britain. Two years later, Ada Blackjack emerged as the sole survivor of this ambitious polar expedition. This young, unskilled woman--who had headed to the Arctic in search of money and a husband--conquered the seemingly unconquerable north and survived all alone after her male companions had perished. Following her triumphant return to civilization, the international press proclaimed her the female Robinson Crusoe. But whatever stories the press turned out came from the imaginations of reporters: Ada Blackjack refused to speak to anyone about her horrific two years in the Arctic. Only on one occasion--after charges were published falsely accusing her of causing the death of one her companions--did she speak up for herself. Jennifer Niven has created an absorbing, compelling history of this remarkable woman, taking full advantage of the wealth of first-hand resources about Ada that exist, including her never-before-seen diaries, the unpublished diaries from other primary characters, and interviews with Ada's surviving son. Ada Blackjack is more than a rugged tale of a woman battling the elements to survive in the frozen north--it is the story of a hero.
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The Ice Master

After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help.

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 9780786870974

Category: History

Page: 402

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The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expedition was abandoned by its leader. Hundreds of miles from civilization, the castaways had no choice but to find solid ground as they struggled against starvation, snow blindness, disease, exposure--and each other. After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help. Drawing on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, Jennifer Niven re-creates with astonishing accuracy the ill-fated journey and the crews desperate attempts to find a way home.
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The Lamp the Ice and the Boat Called Fish

The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish tells the dramatic story of the Canadian Arctic expedition that set off in 1913 to explore the high north.

Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054756225X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish tells the dramatic story of the Canadian Arctic expedition that set off in 1913 to explore the high north.
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How to Survive the Titanic or The Sinking of J Bruce Ismay

With the help of that great narrator of the sea, Joseph Conrad, whose Lord Jim so uncannily predicted Ismay's fate - and whose manuscript of the story of a man who impulsively betrays a code of honour and lives on under the strain of ...

Author: Frances Wilson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408821114

Category: History

Page: 352

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Books have been written, films made, we have raised the Titanic and watched her go down again on numerous occasions, but out of the wreckage Frances Wilson spins a new epic: when the ship hit the iceberg on 14 April 1912 and a thousand men prepared to die, J Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner and inheritor of the White Star fortune, jumped into a lifeboat with the women and children and rowed away to safety. Accused of cowardice, Ismay became, according to one headline, 'The Most Talked-of Man in the World'. The first victim of a press hate campaign, his reputation never recovered and while other survivors were piecing together their accounts, Ismay never spoke of his beloved ship again. With the help of that great narrator of the sea, Joseph Conrad, whose Lord Jim so uncannily predicted Ismay's fate - and whose manuscript of the story of a man who impulsively betrays a code of honour and lives on under the strain of intolerable guilt went down with the Titanic - Frances Wilson explores the reasons behind Ismay's jump, his desperate need to make sense of the horror of it all, and to find a way of living with lost honour. For those who survived the Titanic the world was never the same again. But as Wilson superbly demonstrates, we all have our own Titanics, and we all need to find ways of surviving them.
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Desperate Journeys Abandoned Souls

Explores the lives of survivors who were shipwrecked, banished, or abandoned during the past several centuries

Author: Edward E. Leslie

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395911508

Category: History

Page: 586

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Explores the lives of survivors who were shipwrecked, banished, or abandoned during the past several centuries
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American Blonde

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places—soon to be a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning—comes the story of a fearless and spirited World War II pilot who boldly sets her sights on movie stardom.

Author: Jennifer Niven

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698157934

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places—soon to be a Netflix film starring Elle Fanning—comes the story of a fearless and spirited World War II pilot who boldly sets her sights on movie stardom. In 1945, Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel films her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand new name. As “Kit Rogers,” she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame. She also navigates real-life romance, finding herself caught between a charismatic young writer and a sexy and enigmatic musician from her past. But when one of her best friends dies mysteriously and the most powerful studio in the world launches a cover-up, Velva Jean goes in search of the truth—risking her own life, as well as her heart, in the process. Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters, American Blonde will mesmerize readers of The Chaperone as well as fans of the Velva Jean series.
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A Wretched and Precarious Situation In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

A Booklist Best Literary Travel Book (2017) and Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book (2016) “A penetrating study of human character in a challenging environment. . . . [David Welky’s] seamless narrative, chilling at times and always ...

Author: David Welky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393254426

Category: History

Page: 480

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A Booklist Best Literary Travel Book (2017) and Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book (2016) “A penetrating study of human character in a challenging environment. . . . [David Welky’s] seamless narrative, chilling at times and always thought-provoking, transports the reader to a time when the Arctic was virtually as harsh and inaccessible a place as the Moon or Mars.” —Natural History From a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, famed Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary spots a line of mysterious peaks dotting the horizon. In 1906, he names that distant, uncharted territory “Crocker Land.” Years later, two of Peary’s disciples, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, take the brave steps Peary never did: with a team of amateur adventurers and intrepid native guides, they endeavor to reach this unknown land and fill in the last blank space on the globe. What follows is hardship and mishap the likes of which none of the explorers could possibly have imagined. From howling blizzards and desperate food shortages to crime and tragedy, the explorers experience a remarkable journey of endurance, courage, and hope. Set in one of the world’s most inhospitable places, A Wretched and Precarious Situation is an Arctic tale unlike any other.
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The Luck of the Karluk

Tells the tragic story of Canada's flagship the Karluk which set out for the Arctic in 1913 as part of the Canadian Arctic Expedition and sank there in 1914.

Author: L.D. Cross

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN: 9781772030204

Category: History

Page: 144

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When the members of Canada's First Arctic Expedition set out from Victoria aboard HMCS "Karluk" in the summer of 1913, it was a moment of great optimism. The three-year mission would chart unexplored landmasses of the Western Arctic and secure Canada's place in the international geographic community. Little did the team of distinguished scholars and scientists realize, however, how their hopes would soon be brought to ruin. Just a few months into the journey, the vessel became lodged in heavy ice, eventually sinking near the coast of Siberia. With little polar experience among them but ample supplies salvaged from the wreck, the group of castaways slowly made their way to solid ground on desolate Wrangel Island. There they would wait while the ship's captain and an Inuk guide embarked on a heroic 1,100-kilometre trek along the Siberian coast in search of help. By the end of the fifteen-month saga, eleven members of the original expedition would perish from frostbite and sickness, while the remaining twenty would survive to tell the tale. "The Luck of the Karluk" is a fascinating story about an important episode in Canada's history and a revealing study of the strengths and weaknesses of human nature under treacherous conditions.
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The A to Z of the Discovery and Exploration of Australia

Day brings the expeditions to life, expressing the desires that drove great sea captains deeper into turbulent waters searching for caches of spice, silks, and precious metals.

Author: Alan Day

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 081086326X

Category: History

Page: 370

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This engaging reference examines the history of, the search for, and the discovery of Australia, taking full account of the evidence for and the speculation surrounding possible earlier contacts by the Ancient Egyptians, Arabs, and Chinese seamen. Day brings the expeditions to life, expressing the desires that drove great sea captains deeper into turbulent waters searching for caches of spice, silks, and precious metals. Covers a wide variety of topics, including _ Seamen from eight nations _ The recovery of storm wrecked ships _ Diplomatic treaties _ Priority of discovery disputes _ Military and civil explorers and surveyors _ Topographical features _ Geographical terms and places _ Rivers and river system
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Northward Ho

Account of the voyage of the "Karluk", July 1913-January 1914, at beginning of Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-18, including: Drift in Beaufort Sea, and Chukchi seas; loss of the "Karluk"; sledge journey across the ice to Wrangle Island ...

Author: Bob Bartlett

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HW2Q20

Category: Arctic regions

Page: 329

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Account of the voyage of the "Karluk", July 1913-January 1914, at beginning of Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-18, including: Drift in Beaufort Sea, and Chukchi seas; loss of the "Karluk"; sledge journey across the ice to Wrangle Island and Siberian coast, and rescue of the survivors.
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The North Pole

Author: Robert Edwin Peary

Publisher: London : Hodder and Stoughton

ISBN: UIUC:30112037778138

Category: Arctic regions

Page: 326

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Adrift on an Ice Pan

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Author: Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4057664568755

Category: Fiction

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"Adrift on an Ice-Pan" by Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
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Alone on the Ice The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to ...

Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393089646

Category: History

Page: 352

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"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?" This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
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The Last Voyage of the Karluk

Caught in the ice pack north of Alaska, they drifted west for months before the ship finally succumbed to the ice and sank.

Author: Robert Bartlett

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1978395566

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Caught in the ice pack north of Alaska, they drifted west for months before the ship finally succumbed to the ice and sank. Trekking for 130 miles across the ice, they finally reached the desolate Wrangell Island, north of Siberia. The captain set off together with the Inuit Kataktovick to cross over to the mainland and reach civilization, leaving behind a fractious group, few of whom had polar experience, and including a two-year-old girl.
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Icebound In The Arctic

Drawn from historic records and modern revelations, this is the only comprehensive account of Crozier’s extraordinary life. It is a tale of a great explorer, a lost love affair and an enduring mystery.

Author: Michael Smith

Publisher: The O'Brien Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781788492652

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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Captain Francis Crozier was a major figure in 19th century Arctic and Antarctic exploration who led the doomed Franklin Expedition’s battle to survive against the odds. It is a compelling story which refuses to be laid to rest and recent discovery of his lost ships above the Arctic Circle gives it a new urgency. The ships may hold vital clues to how two navy vessels and 129 men disappeared 170 years ago and why Crozier, in command after Franklin’s early death, left the only written clue to the biggest disaster in Polar history. Drawn from historic records and modern revelations, this is the only comprehensive account of Crozier’s extraordinary life. It is a tale of a great explorer, a lost love affair and an enduring mystery. Crozier’s epic story began comfortably in Banbridge, Co Down and involved six gruelling expeditions on three of the 19th century’s great endeavours – navigating the North West Passage, reaching the North Pole and mapping Antarctica. But it ended in disaster.
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In the Land of White Death

As well as recounting Albanov’s vivid, first-person account of his ninety-day ordeal over 235 miles of frozen sea, this expanded paperback edition contains three newly discovered photographs and an extensive new Epilogue by David Roberts ...

Author: Valerian Albanov

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9780679642312

Category: History

Page: 240

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“One helluva read.”—Newsweek • “Gripping.”—Outside • “Spellbinding.”—Associated Press • “Powerful.”—New York In 1912, the Saint Anna, a Russian exploration vessel in search of fertile hunting grounds, was frozen into the polar ice cap, trapping her crew aboard. For nearly a year and a half, they struggled to stay alive. As all hope of rescue faded, they realized their best chance of survival might be to set out on foot, across hundreds of miles of desolate ice, with their lifeboats dragged behind them on sledges, in hope of reaching safety. Twenty of them chose to stay aboard; thirteen began the trek; of them all, only two survived. Originally published in Russia in 1917, In the Land of White Death was translated into English for the first time by the Modern Library to widespread critical acclaim. As well as recounting Albanov’s vivid, first-person account of his ninety-day ordeal over 235 miles of frozen sea, this expanded paperback edition contains three newly discovered photographs and an extensive new Epilogue by David Roberts based on the never-before-published diary of Albanov’s only fellow survivor, Alexander Konrad. As gripping as Albanov’s own tale, the Epilogue sheds new light on the tragic events of 1912–1914, brings to life many of those who perished (including the infamous captain Brusilov and nurse Zhdanko, the only woman on board), and, inadvertently, reveals one new piece of information—about the identity of the traitors who left Albanov for dead—that is absolutely shocking. “Poetic.”—The Washington Post • “A lost masterpiece.”—Booklist • “A jewel of polar literature.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer • “Vivid . . . [a work of] terrifying beauty.”—The Boston Globe
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