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"Frozen Ships: The Arctic Diary of Johann Miertsching 1850 - 1854" (used book)

"Frozen Ships: The Arctic Diary of Johann Miertsching 1850 - 1854" (used book)

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Frozen Ships: The Arctic Diary of Johann Miertsching 1850 - 1854

translated by L. H. Neatby


About the Book

Used Book. Paperback. Good condition.

-- from the back

The Investigator, under Commander Robert McClure, sailed from England I January 1850 – part of an expedition to the Arctic to search for Sir John Franklin and his party. After navigating the treacherous Strait of Magellan and stopping briefly at the Hawaiian Islands, the ship continued north along the coast of Alaska and into the Arctic. The ship and its crew spent the first winter frozen in on the east coast of Banks Island. It was only the first of four winters they were to spend in the Arctic.

Aboard the Investigator as interpreter was Johann August Miertsching, a Moravian Brothers missionary, fluent in the Eskimo tongue he had learned while serving in Labrador. His diary, now published for the first time, is a vivid account of those four years in the arctic ice – of the terrors, the hunger, the sickness, and the loneliness endured by the crew.

General in its appeal because it is warm and human, Frozen Ships is also of special interest to historians and geographers, for it is a significant addition to the literature of polar travel.