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Barrow's Boys: A Stirring Story of Daring, Fortitude and Outright Lunacy

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The author presents the story of John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, who, after the Napoleonic Wars and for the next 30 years handpicked teams of elite naval officers and scoured the world in search of new lands. Photos & Illustrations. 4 maps.

Synopsis:

Barrow's Boys is a spellbinding account of perilous journeys to uncharted areas under the most challenging conditions. Fergus Fleming captures the passion for exploration that led a band of men into situations that would humble today's bravest adventurers.

After the Napoleonic wars, John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, launched the most ambitious exploration program the world has ever seen. For the next thirty years, his teams of elite naval officers went on missions to fill the blanks that littered the atlases of the day. From the first disastrous trip down the Congo, Barrow maintained his resolve in the face of continuous catastrophes. His explorers often died of sickness or at the hands of unfriendly natives. They struggled under budgets that forced them to resort to pulling enormous ships across floating ice fields; to eating mice, or their own shoes; and even to horrifying acts of cannibalism. While many of the journeys failed, Barrow and his men ultimately opened Africa to the world, discovered Antarctica, and pried apart the mandibles of the Arctic. Many of the missions are considered the greatest in history, but have never before been collected into one volume that captures the full sweep of Barrow's program.

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ISBN:
9780802137944
Author:
Fleming, Fergus
Publisher:
Grove Press
Author:
Fleming, Fergus
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Discoveries in geography
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Grove Press ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. OPSW-ODFW-2000-1
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps and 16 pages of BandW illustratio
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 25 oz

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Barrow's Boys is a spellbinding account of perilous journeys to uncharted areas under the most challenging conditions. Fergus Fleming captures the passion for exploration that led a band of men into situations that would humble today's bravest adventurers.

After the Napoleonic wars, John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, launched the most ambitious exploration program the world has ever seen. For the next thirty years, his teams of elite naval officers went on missions to fill the blanks that littered the atlases of the day. From the first disastrous trip down the Congo, Barrow maintained his resolve in the face of continuous catastrophes. His explorers often died of sickness or at the hands of unfriendly natives. They struggled under budgets that forced them to resort to pulling enormous ships across floating ice fields; to eating mice, or their own shoes; and even to horrifying acts of cannibalism. While many of the journeys failed, Barrow and his men ultimately opened Africa to the world, discovered Antarctica, and pried apart the mandibles of the Arctic. Many of the missions are considered the greatest in history, but have never before been collected into one volume that captures the full sweep of Barrow's program.

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