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Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska

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Author Corey Ford writes the classic and moving story of naturalist Georg Whlhelm Steller, who served on the 1741-42 Russian Alaska expedition with explorer Vitus Bering. Steller was one of Europe's foremost naturalists and the first to document the unique wildlife of the Alaskan coast. In the course of the voyage, Steller made his valuable discoveries and suffered, along with Bering and the cred of the ill-fated brig St. Peter, some of the most grueling experiences in the history of Arctic exploration. First published in 1966, Where the Sea Breaks Its Back was hailed as "among this country's greatest outdoor writing" by Field & Stream magazine, and today continues to enchant and enlighten the new generations of readers about this amazing and yet tragic expedition, and Georg Steller's significant discoveries as an early naturalist.

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A splendid account of the final voyage of explorer Vitus Bering and of the life of naturalist Georg Stellar (1709-1746), who accompanied Bering on his 1741 crossing into the uncharted North Pacific. Originally published in 1966 by Little, Brown.
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Author Corey Ford documents the moving story of naturalist Georg Steller, who served on the 1741-42 Russian Alaska expedition with explorer Vitus Bering.

About the Author

Corey Ford (April 29, 1902 – July 27, 1969) was an American humorist, author, outdoorsman, and screenwriter.  Ford was an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.  He published thirty books and more than five hundred magazine articles, with a gregarious sense of humor, a love of dogs as well as the "underdogs." He was a member of the Algonquin Circle which included James Thurber, Robert Benchley, and Dorothy Parker. During Ford’s many trips to Alaska he met with Clarence Rhodes, Governor Gruening and Frank Dufresne, the first game commissioner of the Alaska Territory.

Table of Contents

Introduction - by Frank Dufresne; Part One: Volcanoes, Mummies, Sea Otters; Part Two: Steller; Part Three The Plunderers.  

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Kenai Kathy, April 8, 2012 (view all comments by Kenai Kathy)
A true life adventure story that rivals any fiction or "survivor" episodes. Based on the journals kept by the naturalist Georg Steller on Vitus Bering's ship, the book tells the incredible account of how a group of men sailed from Russia to Alaska. In addition to making new discoveries, they endured hardships beyond belief. These were a tough bunch of men - living in fox dens (after evicting the foxes) for a winter, then completely dismantling the ship that wrecked on the rocks in the Aleutian Islands and rebuilding a new one to sail home the following summer. Over half the crew died of scurvy (including Bering)and other maladies. They fought off foxes and other animals for food, and lived on what the sea brought them, including the now extinct Steller's sea cow. These men had true courage and a will to live. Bering and Steller got the glory, but the men who traveled with them had the guts!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780882403946
Author:
Darling, Lois
Author:
Darling, Lois
Author:
Darl
Author:
ing, Lois
Publisher:
Alaska Northwest Books
Location:
Anchorage :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
America
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
Naturalists
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Russians
Subject:
Naturalists -- Germany -- Biography.
Subject:
Alaska Discovery and exploration 18th century.
Subject:
Steller, Georg Wilhelm - Journeys - Alaska
Subject:
Russians -- Alaska -- History -- 18th century.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Russian Alaska exploration
Subject:
Alaska Discovery and exploration.
Subject:
Georg Steller
Subject:
Georg Whilhelm Steller, Vitus Bering, Biography, Exploration, Alaska, History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
8.99x6.09x.61 in. .82 lbs.

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