Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram: Johnson, Charles W.
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Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

Author(s): Johnson, Charles W.

Copyright: 2014, US
Specifications: 1st, square 8vo, pp.xiv, 318, photo frontis, 108 bw photos, 3 figures, 4 maps, white cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

In the golden age of polar exploration (from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s), many an expedition set out to answer the big question - was the Arctic a continent, an open ocean beyond a barrier of ice, or an ocean covered with ice? The ice had kept its secret well; ships trying to penetrate, like the USS Jeanette, all failed. Norway’s 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, and 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-five years and 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 - including a three-year, ice-bound drift spent finding out what the Arctic really was (1893-96); a remarkable four-year exploration of unmapped lands in the vast Canadian Arctic (1898-1902); and a two-year voyage to Antarctica, where another famous Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, claimed the South Pole (1910-12).

Honourable Mention for the 2016 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar books.

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