The Great Frozen Sea

The Great Frozen Sea : A Personal Narrative of the Voyage of the Alert during the Arctic Expedition of 1875-6

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Sir Albert Hastings Markham (1841-1918) was a British Admiral and Arctic explorer. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen and after postings in China, the Mediterranean and Australia he was promoted to Commander in 1872. For the next six years he took part in Arctic exploration, later writing fascinating accounts of his experiences. He was appointed as Naval Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria in 1888, and in 1903 he received a knighthood and was promoted to admiral. Published in 1878, this is the first of several editions of Markham's fascinating first-hand account of the British Arctic expedition of 1875-6. It describes the first passage through Nares Strait, named after the expedition's leader George Nares, and the intrepid dog-sled journey ,led by Markham, that took the party further north than any previous Arctic explorers. Nares' own account of the voyage is also reissued in this series.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 2 maps
  • 1139151606
  • 9781139151603

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Preface; Officers and ship's company of H.M.S. Alert; 1. Fitting out; 2. The voyage to Disco; 3. The Greenland settlements; 4. Melville Bay and the North Water; 5. Smith Sound; 6. Struggles with the ice; 7. A walrus hunt. Dog driving; 8. Slow progress through the ice; 9. Kennedy Channel; 10. The crossing of the threshold; 11. Floe-berg Beach; 12. Autumn travelling; 13. Winter quarters; 14. The Royal Arctic Theatre; 15. Winter occupations and amusements; 16. An Arctic Christmas; 17. A Happy New Year; 18. Return of the sun; 19. Details of sledge travelling; 20. The journey of Egerton and Rawson; 21. The routine of sledge travelling; 22. The northern division - travelling in April; 23. The most northern point ever reached by man; 24. Return of the northern division; 25. Return of all the sledge travellers; 26. The return voyage in the ice; 27. Homeward bound; Appendices; Index.
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