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The Ice Passage: A True Story of Ambition, Disaster, and Endurance in the Arctic Wilderness


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A thrilling account of suffering and survival, The Ice Passage charts an epic quest from desire to destiny.

It begins as a mission of mercy. Four and a half years after the disappearance of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and his two ships, HMS Investigator sets sail in search of them. Instead of rescuing lost comrades, the Investigators officers and crew soon find themselves trapped in their own ordeal, facing starvation, madness, and death on the unknown Polar Sea. If only they can save themselves, they will bring back news of perhaps the greatest maritime achievement of the age: their discovery of the elusive Northwest Passage between Europe and the Orient.

In addition to their Great Success, the “Investigators” are the first Europeans to contact the Inuit of the western Arctic archipelago, and the first to record sustained observations of the local wildlife and climate. But the cost of hubris, ignorance, daring, and deceit is soon laid bare. In the face of catastrophe, a desperate rescue plan is made to send away the weakest men to meet their fate on the ice.

In a narrative rich with insight and grace, Brian Payton reconstructs the final voyage of the Investigator and the trials of her officers and crew. Drawing on long-forgotten journals, transcripts, and correspondence — some never before published — Payton weaves an astonishing tale of endurance. Along the way, he vividly evokes an Arctic wilderness we now stand to lose.

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About the Author

Brian Payton has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the novel Hail Mary Corner and the non-fiction narrative Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness. Payton lives with his wife in Vancouver.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Reckoning 


1. Days of Paradise

2. The White Edge

3. The Great Blue Chest

4. Possession

5. Articles of Faith

6. The Long View

7. Star of Plenty

8. Enduring Night

9. The Search

10. The Red Scarf

11. Water Sky

12. Bay of God's Mercy 


13. Hunters, Scavengers

14. Parry's Rock

15. A Taste for Mountain Sorrel

16. The Wasting

17. The Surgeon's Report 


18. Advent

19. Exodus

20. Show of Hands

21. Uncommon Prayer

22. Between Ships

23. Dominion

24. Restitution

25. Dissolution 

Author's Note

Select Bibliography


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Product Details

Payton, Brian
Anchor Canada
Expeditions & Discoveries
Polar Regions
Canada - Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
World History-General
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History and Social Science » Arctic and Antarctic » General
History and Social Science » World History » Canada
History and Social Science » World History » General

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