In this true story that reads as action-adventure, learn how 1,219 members of the world's largest whaling expedition managed to survive after becoming entrapped within an Arctic ice shelf.
In the late summer of 1871, thirty-nine whaling ships traveled to the frigid Arctic waters in search of the prized bowhead whale. Despite warnings from local Inuit tribes about impending inclement weather, thirty-two of the whaling ships--carrying 1,219 officers, crewmen, women, and children--decided to journey ahead. When a succession of icy storms ensued, the ships' captains realized that they were, literally, trapped in ice. What followed was a desperate race toward rescue--and against certain death. And, in an extraordinary testament to human courage and perseverance, all survived.
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I love any and all stories that have something to do with the artic so I naturally picked this book up. The book is perfect! I loved the cover and dust jacket, the color and feel of the paper and most of all I loved the story. I am not a fan of whaling but I understand the drive for adventure and the need of income back then so I am not holding anything against these hearty souls. The book was well written with just the right amount of facts to supplement the story and the illustrations worked well. The book was written so that a young adult could read and enjoy but this ¿not so young¿ adult found the book entertaining just as well. Nice work!