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American Explorations in the Ice Zones

by Joseph Everett Nourse

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration Series

American Explorations in the Ice Zones Synopsis

In 1879, the steamer Jeannette went missing near Alaska. It had been sent by the American Navy in search of a missing Swedish expedition. Having become trapped in ice, the ship was not heard from for almost two years, when her remaining crew finally reached safety. By this time, any American expedition that focused its efforts further north than the sixtieth parallel was usually considered to be within the Arctic, and these invariably perilous expeditions were often launched in search of lost ships. In 1884, Joseph Everett Nourse (1819-89) published details of all the major American expeditions, including the efforts to rescue the Jeannette, Hayes's attempt to prove the existence of the Open Polar Sea, and Schwatka's 3,000-mile sledge journey across the tundra. Written to make the journals of explorers more accessible to young readers, Nourse's comprehensive text is still of relevance to students of American maritime history.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108049870
Publication date: 7th June 2012
Author: Joseph Everett Nourse
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 600 pages
Categories: Maritime history, Geographical discovery & exploration, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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