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READ & DOWNLOAD ½ Arctic Labyrinth The elusive dream of locating the Northwest Passage an ocean route over the top of North America that promised a shortcut to the fabulous wealth of Asia obsessed explorers for centuries While global warming has brought several such routes into existence until recently these channels were hopelessly choked by impassible ice Voyagers faced unim. Call me crazy for being fascinated with the search for the Northwest Passage but at least I m not as crazy as the guys who actually went on the search for the Northwest Passage And what a crew they were Fearless daring stalwart these were men who sailed into unknown waters on masted sailing ships smaller than a modern day semi with nothing than a spyglass in hand They were also looney enough to undertake return voyages after they had already spent months frozen in ice suffering from scurvy frostbite and other debilitating conditions enduring frightful boredom from endless days and nights in a solid white landscape and almost always half starved and three uarters dead by the time they made it home But as any maritime historian will tell you the centuries long uest to find that treasured seagoing route to Asia via the ice choked waters north of Canada is a testament to the endurance of the human spiritI still call it looneyBut fascinating it is nonetheless And Glyn Williams handles it deftly covering every major explorer involved in this long futile uest from Martin Frobisher 1500s to James Cook 1770s to Edward Parry 1810s 1820s and the doomed John Franklin 1830s 1840s and into the modern day Williams also chronicles every major milestone including the first tentative reaches into the vast network of straits sounds inlets and bays that comprise the island ridden waters in the Arctic the discoveries of new lands and new peoples the loss of ships to the floating packs of ice and every tragedy and disaster that befell those explorers who lost the fight with the elements in the unforgiving landscape For us maritime nerds who read about the Northwest Passage with a little freuency than really is sane the most famous of the Arctic disasters was the last expedition led by Sir John Franklin which departed England for the Arctic in 1845 He sailed on two ships the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror with a complement of 128 men and they were never seen again Several search and rescue expeditions were launched in succeeding years most of them fiercely supported by Franklin s wife Lady Jane but only relics were found First there were three graves discovered on Beechey Island later identified as belonging to Franklin crew members Early expeditions also found evidence of the crews camping on Beechey Island during the winter of 1845 1846 And in subseuent decades the searches continued and relics were discovered including skeletons tools and artifacts from the two ships and cairns or canisters holding documents and notes that ideally detail an expedition s progress and next steps which have led historians to believe the crew had abandoned their ships after they became frozen in pack ice and headed south on foot to find rescue As they marched scurvy lead poisoning possibly from tainted canned food and starvation did the crew members in one by oneWilliams devotes an entire section of this detailed work to Franklin s expedition and the subseuent search and rescue missions But he doesn t scrimp on the details anywhere else as a result It is all here and written with a simple straightforward prose which I definitely appreciate There is a lot going on and I can see why those who are not familiar with Arctic exploration might become bogged down I have read other books on this topic and I can t keep all the names dates routes and ships straight I was constantly flipping to the few maps included to keep track of the progress of each expedition and I had to do the whole pause and check Wikipedia thing to keep the names and dates straight remember most of these guys who made it out alive the first time around did go back but I don t think that comes from Williams that is the nature of reading about Arctic exploration There were a lot of men involved a lot of ships a lot of expeditions a lot of dates and a lot of routesAnd I think considering the volume of data Williams handled it well I would have liked a few maps and maybe a few contextual reminders James Clark Ross whom we had last seen doing this that and the other thing but I know I will definitely call on Arctic Labyrinth for reference when I continue my readings on the search for the Northwest Passage in the futureYep I m looney too

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READ & DOWNLOAD ½ Arctic Labyrinth Illiams’s thrilling narrative delves into private letters and journals to expose the gritty reality behind the often self serving accounts of those in charge An important work of maritime history and exploration and as exciting a tale of heroism and fortitude as readers will find Arctic Labyrinth is also a remarkable study in human delusio. Good A nice history of Arctic exploration Didn t bring up De Long at all which actually I suppose was okay because I wasn t in the mood to cry anyway Actually I thought it was weird since it did mention Allen Young and the HMS Pandora and James Gordon Bennettbut it glossed right over the USS Jeannette

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READ & DOWNLOAD ½ Arctic Labyrinth Aginable horrors entire ships crushed mass starvation disabling frostbite even cannibalism in pursuit of a futile goal In Arctic Labyrinth Glyn Williams charts the entire sweep of this extraordinary history from the tiny woefully euipped vessels of the first Tudor expeditions to the twentieth century ventures that finally opened the Passage W. The history of European penetration into the Pacific Ocean has long been Professor Glyn Williams special interest He has written extensively based on his historical research about European exploration trade and sometimes conflict in that ocean A fabled Strait of Anian across North America had been rumoured since the sixteenth century In Voyages of Delusion he has written a detailed and fascinating account of two centuries of exploration attempting to rediscover and verify a navigable passage from the North Atlantic into the Pacific a route that held out the promise of easier access to the profitable European trade with China and the Orient Early attempts to find a short route to the Pacific were largely British with hopes that some navigable waterway would be found out of or near Hudson Bay where the somewhat secretive Hudson s Bay Company had trading posts When these attempts failed the search shifted to the Pacific coast of North America where expeditions under Captain James Cook La P rouse and several Spanish explorers tried to locate the trans continental waterways supposed to have been discovered earlier by Juan de Fuca Bartholomew de Fonte and Maldonado Armchair geographers and cartographers in Europe had meanwhile constructed vast maps of North America in which imaginary inland seas and waterways apparently linked the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in total ignorance of the barrier of the Rocky Mountains and huge distances These abortive and often misreported voyages of exploration are described and put into context in this well written account by Glyn Williams By the late eighteenth century Vancouver Malaspina and other Spanish explorers had carried out very careful surveys of the Pacific coast under difficult conditions The commercial traders who came in search of the valuable sea otter pelts also contributed their findings These finally showed that all the earlier claims of navigable passages were delusions based on failure to appreciate the extent of the Inside Passage between the mainland and the extensive archipelago of islands off the fractured Pacific coastThis book covers the explorations up to the end of the eighteenth century and does not deal with the later attempts by others including the tragic voyages of Sir John Franklin in the nineteenth century The book is a compelling read but not one to read uickly it is very detailed and at times one struggles a bit with the innumerable characters For example Puget after whom Seattle s waterway is named is casually referred to as Lieutenant Peter Puget without mentioning which of Captain George Vancouver s two ships he served in The book has many invaluable maps and charts though the reproduction of some eighteenth century maps in the paperback edition is a bit disappointing The index is excellent and there are over 20 pages of scholarly endnotes as well as summaries of the somewhat incredible accounts of late sixteenth century discoveries It was not until 1914 that the Panama Canal provided a navigable Strait of Anian connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through America Now rising ocean temperatures and retreat of polar ice caused by progressive climate change offers the possibility of a navigable North West Passage across the north of America


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    SUMMARY Arctic Labyrinth PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth FREE READ ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Glyn Williams Call me crazy for being fascinated with the search for the Northwest Passage but at least I’m not as crazy as th

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    PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth FREE READ ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Glyn Williams Glyn Williams î 0 READ & DOWNLOAD Non Fiction A history of the search for the Northwest Passage from the 1500s through to the 1940s mostly through the eyes of the British The Russians Spanish and French get a few mentions but always framed as competition After the passage lost favor with the British in the late 1800s it took them nearly four hundred years to reali

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    FREE READ ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Glyn Williams PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth The fabled Northwest Passage that supposedly provided a sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans around the top of North America intrigued Europeans for centuries The search for a navigable route around North America was spurred by the dream of riches to be found in the unknown lands to the west and in the Orient as well as to avoid the tortuously long and hazardous route around Cape Horn at the bottom of Sout

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    PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth Williams does wonderful historical work on the pursuit of the Northwest Passage Though I used this text as a supplement to research for an int

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    SUMMARY Arctic Labyrinth PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth The history of European penetration into the Pacific Ocean has long been Professor Glyn Williams' special interest He has written extensively based on his historical research about European exploration trade and sometimes conflict in that ocean A fabled Strait of Anian across North America had been rumoured since the sixteenth century In Voyages of Delusion he has written a detailed and fascinating account of two centuries of expl

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    SUMMARY Arctic Labyrinth PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth An excellent and thorough overview of the major mostly British Arctic explorations beginning in the late 16th century with Martin Frobisher and ending with the single year navigation of one of the passages by the Norwegian born Canad

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    PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth FREE READ ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Glyn Williams written by a scientist or so it seemed A little too dry for my adventurous mind

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    PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth Glyn Williams î 0 READ & DOWNLOAD SUMMARY Arctic Labyrinth Good A nice history of Arctic exploration Didn't bring up De Long at all which actually I suppose was okay because I wasn't in the mo

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    SUMMARY Arctic Labyrinth FREE READ ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Glyn Williams Glyn Williams î 0 READ & DOWNLOAD I was uite keen to read Voyages of Delusion as I'm originally from Michigan and the search for the Northwest Passage was a big deal in my childhood history classes This book outlines the many attempts by speculators and sailors to find a navigable passage through the ice as a possible route to the established trading nati

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    PDF/EPUB Arctic Labyrinth I love books about cold places and try to read one in the summer This summer's is Arctic LabyrinthI was already somewhat familiar with many of the attempts at finding the Northwest Passage described in this book Williams doesn't skimp on detail

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  • Hardcover
  • 462
  • Arctic Labyrinth
  • Glyn Williams
  • English
  • 01 September 2020
  • 9780520266278