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Ordeal by Ice : Ships of the Antarctic.

Author: Rorke Bryan
Publisher: Havertown : Seaforth Publishing, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Surrounded by hazardous seas and pitiless ice, Antarctica was first sighted by Europeans less than three centuries ago. Since then, hundreds of ships have voyaged around that continent, challenged by poorly charted waters, storms, pack ice, icebergs and disease. This comprehensive and richly illustrated book tells the story of these ships and the expeditions they supported, from the fifteenth-century fleets of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bryan, Rorke.
Ordeal by Ice : Ships of the Antarctic.
Havertown : Seaforth Publishing, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rorke Bryan
ISBN: 9781783837670 1783837675
OCLC Number: 884646568
Description: 1 online resource (544 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1: First Encounters with the Southern Ocean; Chapter 2: Into the Ice with Resolution; Chapter 3: The South Shetland 'Seal Rush' and the 'First' Discovery of Antarctica; Chapter 4: The Threshold of the Continent; Chapter 5: The Dawn of the 'Heroic Age'; Chapter 6: Nationalism and the Antarctic 'Exploration Rush'; Chapter 7: Triumph and Tragedy: the Race to the South Pole; Chapter 8: The Aftermath of the South Polar Obsession; Chapter 9: Commercial Whaling and Territorial Claims. Chapter 10: The Changing Role of ShipsChapter 11: A New Era in a 'Continent for Science'; Chapter 12: Whalers, Scientists and Tourists; Epilogue; Appendix 1: Sail Plans of Representative Ships; Appendix 2: Guide to Currency Conversion Rates and Purchasing Power; Appendix 3: Ice Classification of Vessels; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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Surrounded by hazardous seas and pitiless ice, Antarctica was first sighted by Europeans less than three centuries ago. Since then, hundreds of ships have voyaged around that continent, challenged by poorly charted waters, storms, pack ice, icebergs and disease. This comprehensive and richly illustrated book tells the story of these ships and the expeditions they supported, from the fifteenth-century fleets of the Ming Emperors of China to today's tourist ships and powerful icebrakers. From extensive research, the author draws all these stories into one comprehensive record. Familiar names suc.

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