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Fury Beach : the four-year odyssey of Captain John Ross and the victory

Author: Ray Edinger
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2003.
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"In May 1829, after eleven years of being denied command of a ship, Captain John Ross set sail on Victory, the first steamer to brave the Arctic waters. With his reputation and career at stake, he went outside of His Majesty's Royal Navy to have his expedition privately financed - to prove that steam was the answer to navigating the ice-strewn waters of the Arctic and that the fabled Northwest Passage did indeed  Read more...
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Edinger, Ray.
Fury Beach.
New York : Berkley Books, 2003
(OCoLC)606941114
Named Person: John Ross, Sir; John Ross, Sir; John Ross, Sir; John (Forschungsreisender) Ross
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Edinger
ISBN: 0425188450 9780425188453
OCLC Number: 50590838
Description: xxii, 279 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A Desperate "Victory" Makes Fury Beach --
Captain Ross Errs in Quest for Northwest Passage --
Inuit Friendship Brightens "Victory's" Winter --
Inuit Friends Assist with Explorations --
The Ice Refuses to Release "Victory" --
The North Magnetic Pole --
Abandon Ship --
Cold, Hunger, and Misery at Fury Beach --
Recognition, Rewards, and Rancor.
Responsibility: Ray Edinger.
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"In May 1829, after eleven years of being denied command of a ship, Captain John Ross set sail on Victory, the first steamer to brave the Arctic waters. With his reputation and career at stake, he went outside of His Majesty's Royal Navy to have his expedition privately financed - to prove that steam was the answer to navigating the ice-strewn waters of the Arctic and that the fabled Northwest Passage did indeed exist." "Key to Ross's plan was Fury Beach, site of the wreck of the HMS Fury several years earlier. Ross was counting on the stores from the lost ship to be intact, to replenish his own crew's provisions. And though they were, Fury Beach was also the place where they became icebound in the Canadian Arctic. Trapped by the shifting floes, brutal storms, and extreme temperatures, the expeditioners changed their goal to mere survival. With the help of the Inuits of Boothia Peninsula, Ross and his crew would attempt to make it through months, and then years, in these barren, hostile surroundings - and return home." "Fury Beach is the story of an epic journey, undertaken by a man driven by honor and by a crew of seamen whose courage knew no bounds. It is also the tale of an extraordinary friendship between cultures - forged in the most extraordinary of lands."--BOOK JACKET.

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