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Arctic labyrinth : the quest for the Northwest Passage

Author: Glyndwr Williams
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st University of California Press edView all editions and formats
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The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage--an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia--obsessed explorers for centuries. Until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors--entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism--in pursuit of a futile goal. Glyn Williams  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glyndwr Williams
ISBN: 9780520266278 0520266277 0520269950 : PAP 9780520269958 : PAP
OCLC Number: 435628953
Notes: Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2009.
Description: xix, 439 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : 'There is no land unhabitable nor sea innavigable' --
'All is not golde that glistereth' : the expeditions of Martin Frobisher --
'The passage is most probable'; 'there is no passage nor hope of passage' : the views of John Davis and William Baffin --
'A sea to the westward' : the discovery of Hudson Bay --
'To seek a needle in a bottle of hay' : the rival voyages of Luke Foxe and Thomas James --
'Northward to find out the Straits of Anian' : the tragic voyage of James Knight --
'The maritime philosophers stone' : the vision of Arthur Dobbs --
'I left the print of my feet in blood' : Samuel Hearne and the speculative geographers --
'No information could be had from maps' : James Cook's final voyage --
'Insults in the name of science to modern navigation' : fantasy voyages through the Northwest Passage --
'Our prospects were truly exhilarating' : the gateway of Lancaster Sound --
'The man who ate his boots' : John Franklin goes overland --
'This set us all castle-building' : the later voyages of Edward Parry --
'The very borders of the grave' : the ordeal of the Rosses --
'To fill up the small blank on the northern charts' : the explorations of Back, Dease and Simpson --
'So little now remains to be done' : the last voyage of John Franklin --
'Franklin's winter quarters!' : clues in the ice --
'The Northwest Passage discovered!' : the Pacific approach of McClure and Collinson --
'A thorough downright catastrophe' : the search expedition of Edward Belcher --
'They fell down and died as they walked' : the fate of Franklin's crews --
'My dream since childhood' : Roald Amundsen and the passage --
'I felt that I was on hallowed ground' : the voyages of Henry Larsen --
Epilogue : the Northwest Passage and climate change.
Responsibility: Glyn Williams.

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The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage--an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia--obsessed explorers for centuries. Until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice. Voyagers faced unimaginable horrors--entire ships crushed, mass starvation, disabling frostbite, even cannibalism--in pursuit of a futile goal. Glyn Williams charts the entire sweep of this extraordinary history, from the tiny, woefully equipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the twentieth-century ventures that finally opened the Passage.

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