Adrift on an Ice-Pan: Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason
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Adrift on an Ice-Pan

Author(s): Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason

Copyright: 1931, Houghton Mifflin, Boston & NY
Specifications: 28th imp, small 8vo, pp.xxv, 69, photo frontis, 7 bw photos, appendix, grey cloth
Condition: signed, cloth vg

Grenfell (1865-1940) was a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador. In April 1908, he was summoned to treat a seriously ill boy who needed immediate attention to save not only his leg but his life. Grenfell set out from St. Anthony, Newfoundland, with his komatik and his eight best dogs.

To save a few miles, Grenfell took a shortcut across a bay, but the ice broke up beneath him, his komatik sank, and one dog drowned. He and the other dogs climbed out of the water onto an ice pan, which drifted out to sea in an offshore wind. In the cold and solitude of a day and a night on the ice, the doctor was now in peril. Frostbitten and snow-blind, he turned to his remaining dogs and performed one final, desperate act in an attempt to save his life.

One of a number of books by Grenfell on his life in Labrador, this was originally published in 1909 and reprinted many times.

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