By James Delgado

The centuries-long quest for the fabled Northwest Passage opponents the tale of Antarctic exploration for heroism, drama, and tragedy. day trip after day trip trigger looking for a sea path connecting Europe with Asia's riches; every one day trip suffered severe hassle and led to defeat, till Roald Amundsen ultimately succeeded in 1903-06. Across the pinnacle of the World brings this extraordinary saga to lifestyles via exhaustive study, grim firsthand debts, and countless numbers of dramatic photographs. work, engravings, and pictures of the intrepid males and their ships, in addition to of relics and archaeological websites, offer a poignant and compelling hyperlink with the prior, whereas landscapes and seascapes of the cruel but attractive Arctic illustrate the demanding situations that confronted explorers. masking all of the significant expeditions intimately, and written with ardour and authority, this publication is either a scholarly reference and an eminently readable heritage of Arctic exploration.

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After that, the natives gave me presents of everything they had, including different kinds of birds, and seal meat. " Munk also replenished his supplies by hunting reindeer and named the harbour they stopped at Reindeer Sound. Once back in the strait, however, the ships were again hemmed in by ice. When Munk put into another harbour, the ice came in with every tide, and the Danes had to work hard to keep it off the ships. " Disaster o o threatened again when a large iceberg split apart. "Its collapse raised such huge waves that the Lamprey was almost put ashore.

From The History of the Sea 36 Across the Top of the World ' men aboard the bark Discovery, previously used by Captain George Weymouth in his aborted attempt to seek the passage. Fearing mutiny, which had cursed his three Arctic voyages, Hudson carried a man listed as a passenger, Henry Greene, to serve as his informant among the crew. Reaching Greenland in early June, Discovery passed Frobisher's "strait" on June 9 and slowly tacked through ice. The bark did not enter Hudson Strait until the end of the month.

Many geographers thought the river was a direct route to Cathay. Reaching Nova Zembla in July, Hudson probed its shores, but ice thwarted a push to the mainland and the mouth of the Ob. " Hudson's third voyage sailed under Dutch J o colours. Hired by the Dutch East India Company to push past Nova Zembla and into the Northeast Passage, Hudson sailed from Amsterdam on March 2^, 1609, in the ship Half Moon. —to the west. Discussions with his friend Captain John Smith led Hudson to investigate Smith's conviction that the entrance to the Northwest Passage lay immediately north of the new English colony of Jamestown in Virginia.

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