Polar Mariner: Beyond the Limits in Antarctica – A Reminiscence of Voyageing for 20 Years to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic: Woodfield, Capt. Tom
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Polar Mariner: Beyond the Limits in Antarctica – A Reminiscence of Voyageing for 20 Years to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic

Author(s): Woodfield, Capt. Tom

Copyright: 2016, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.v, 202, 34 color & 18 bw photos, 3 color maps, wraps
Condition: new

Captain Woodfield made 20 seasonal voyages to the Antarctic on three research ships between 1955 and 1974. Starting as a Junior Deck Officer he worked for The Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey which in 1964 became the British Antarctic Survey.

The arts of exploration and survival during his early years in this majestic but unforgiving continent are described as attempts were made to establish research stations, support science, and survey in totally uncharted, ice-filled waters amidst often ferocious weather. Dramatic stories are featured such as the near loss of a ship in pack ice, the stranding of another in hurricane force winds and the collapse of an ice-cliff onto the vessel.

As Chief Officer on the RRS John Biscoe, he vividly describes predicaments such as being blown ashore in hurricane force winds and being beset and crushed in pack ice. Appointed to command the RRS Bransfield, he recounts her extraordinary maiden voyage when it was feared she would split in two. The battle with a horrendous storm at the end of his last voyage is fully described together with his final sentimental return to the Falklands.





















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