By Edward Ellsberg
within the 1870s, newspaperman James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald drummed up pleasure and exposure for his paper via hugely publicized missions of exploration. In 1879, Bennett’s suggestion for a voyage was once his such a lot audacious to this point: the North Pole. to do that, he employed a group of naval veterans as well as a smattering of civilians with really expert wisdom in meteorology, whaling, and naturalism. the boys on board the Jeannette trigger in September of 1879. this is able to be the final time an individual observed them for 2 years.
The made of dedicated study into own histories, memoirs, and labeled congressional research documents, Hell on Ice is a outstanding record: a novelization of historical past, turning the terrible ordeal of the courageous males of the Jeannette into a riveting narrative. Written with a weathered seaman’s familiarity, the tale brilliantly captures a so much perilous voyage from the viewpoint of the ship’s leader engineer. the lads of the Jeannette undergo months trapped in an Arctic ice pack, after which commence a determined trek for home.
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