A Thousand Days in the Arctic: Volume 1

A Thousand Days in the Arctic: Volume 1

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In 1897, the triumphant return of the Jackson-Harmsworth Arctic expedition revived widespread enthusiasm for Polar exploration. Within days of the expedition's arrival in London, newspapers ranging from the Boy's Own Paper to the Graphic were full of articles relating to the endeavours and findings of this intrepid undertaking. The demand for information did not abate and, in 1899, this two-volume account by Frederick G. Jackson (1860-1938) of his travels in Franz Josef Land was published to wide acclaim. Hailed by The Morning Post as 'a record of solid achievement accomplished by dint of steady perseverance in the face of hardship and difficulty', Jackson's journal describes a forbidding terrain of ice and snow. Illustrated by maps and numerous anthropological and zoological images, Volume 1 opens with the voyage north and goes on to recount the team's accommodation - a wooden hut named 'Elmwood' - bear-hunts, and arduous but inspirational journeys by sledge.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139151894
  • 9781139151894

Table of contents

Preface; Author's note; 1. Introduction; 2. Our start; 3. Winter darkness, dreary days; 4. Our Arctic hut; 5. A Christmas festival, 1895; 6. Mother Bear's nursery; 7. A tough bit for 'Mr Bear'; 8. Daylight returns; 9. The first sledge journey, 1895; 10. Second sledge journey, 1895; 11. Snow morasses, discovery of Queen Victoria Sea; 12. A successful race against time; 13. Back from the sledge journey, 1895; 14. Driven off the coast - nearly lost; 15. A spectral sky and phantom ship; 16. The storm subsides; 17. Back at the hut; 18. The gun in Franz Josef Land and game list; 19. Preparing for our second winter; 20. We suffer severe losses; 21. A nasty climb in the dark.show more