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The Search for the North West Passage


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The search for the North West Passage to the Far East was the main driving force behind British arctic exploration from the 16th to the mid-19th century. It included the famous and ill-fated John Franklin expedition--the disappearance of which and resulting search is one of the great tragic stories in the history of exploration--and culminated with Roald Amundsen's successfully voyage in 1903-06. Ann Savours examines the British encounters with the Eskimo, how yearly ice variations affected expeditions, and the daily lives of the early explorers. This book will be compulsive reading for all those interested in the saga arctic exploration and for those who enjoy stories of human endeavor in the face of terrible odds.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-325) and index.

About the Author

Ann Savours is the author of The Voyages of Discovery, winner of the "Best Book of the Sea" award. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

  1. Elizabethan voyages
  2. Henry Hudson and William Baffin
  3. Hudson's Bay Company, James Cook and the Eighteenth Century
  4. Sir John Barrow and the revival of Arctic exploration in 1818
  5. First expeditions of Parry and Franklin
  6. Franklin's second journey to the polar sea 1825-1827
  7. Seaborne voyages of Parry, Beechey and Lyon
  8. John and James Clark Ross: four winters in the Arctic 1829-33
  9. Dease and Simpson along the north coast of America 1836-39
  10. Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48
  11. Franklin search begins
  12. Search for Franklin from the Pacific
  13. Expeditions of Kennedy, Belcher, Inglefield and Kane 1851-1854
  14. Discovery of the first relics 1853-1855
  15. McClintock's successfull search 1857-59
  16. Last searches
  17. Navigation of the North West Passage.

Product Details

Savours, Ann
Palgrave Macmillan
New York :
Discovery and exploration
Maritime History
Polar Regions
Northwest passage
General History
Europe - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Abridged Edition
Series Volume:
vol. 1
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
85 color and bandw photos throughout
9.250 x 6.125 in 1.000 lb

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