Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams

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Arctic Labyrinth review È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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 Canadian Henry Larsen Standout chapters cover Sir John Franklin s harrowing 1819 22 overland expedition Sir WE Parry s successful 1821 overwintering at Melville Island John and James Clark Ross s 1829 1833 ordeal in Prince Regent Inlet and the dysfunctional Franklin searches of Belcher and Collinson Most of the second half of the book deals in one way or another with the Franklin Expedition its preparation and departure the Admiralty response to its disappearance the major search efforts and the eventual discoveries of McClintock and to a lesser extent Hall and Schwatka Highly recommended especially for readers new to the history of Arctic exploration and the mystery of the Franklin Expedition

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Arctic Labyrinth review È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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 nations of Asia This book is mainly written from the British perspective although it does include a general overview of the other major colonial powers exploring the region It includes fascinating tales of survival under brutal winter conditions and incredible scientific achievements I especially enjoyed the descriptions of trade and interactions with the First Nations peoples It seems that those who forced themselves to go outside into the snow experienced better health than those who stayed indoors to drink in smoky overcrowded housing This book is meticulously detailed down to how and when the endeavours were approved and funded I m afraid I did find those sections to be a bit dry although I did enjoy reading the wishful thinking and mania of those who were funding these maritime expeditions As Punk mentioned in their review it was occasionally unclear whether the expeditions were sent by the Royal Navy or privately funded especially if you put the book down and picked it up later Voyages of Delusion is packed with adventure and heroic characters divided up by long sections of academic facts dates and methodology It s a book without speculation so I often wondered why say the crew just didn t start making their own snow shoes if they couldn t buy enough for everyone from local women The reading experience would have been greatly improved if there had been maps in this book which discusses maps and locations in depth I had to pull out my phone a few times to really understand what the crew was going through and to see what it was they were attempting to do Overall an enjoyable read but some sections did seem entirely lifted from an academic dissertation rather than a book for the general reader Many sections on the perspectives of the explorers were sublime

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Arctic Labyrinth review È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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. 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 South America or the even longer route via the Cape of Good Hope The Spanish even had a name for it Anian but their repeated attempts to find it all failed The French also had no success This book provides an overview of the many failed attempts mostly British from James Knight of the Hudson Bay Company to Royal Navy Captains James Cook and George Vancouver and their Spanish and French contemporariesThe voyage of Christopher Middleton in 1741 2 demonstrated how harsh the conditions were in Hudson Bay during winter especially as the men were ill prepared and the fresh food and clothing were insufficient Many succumbed to frostbite or scurvy for which there was no known cure at the time When Middleton returned to England he was accused of lying about his findings by his former sponsor which made it difficult for him to gain further positions But his findings were partly vindicated in a further voyage by William Moor and Francis Smith in 1746 7 which descended into enmity And Middleton s discoveries were further verified 80 years laterBefore the 18th century three Spanish captains claimed to have found the Strait of Anian or the Rio Los Reyes and one of them claimed to have sailed through it to Hudson Bay These accounts coloured the thinking and cartography throughout the 18th century The French produced fantastic maps with a supposed sea within the western half of North America and the navigable channel suggested by the Spanish accounts These drove the thinking of some of the English champions of the Northwest Passage The Spanish accounts eventually proved to be falseCook s third voyage of discovery was brought about through a renewed interest in Britain to find the Northwest Passage from the Pacific as supposedly the Spanish had done It appears that a large reward was put up to persuade Cook to take up this mission Cook and his crew used Russian maps to guide them but these proved to be utterly worthless to the exasperated master navigator He was also led to believe that the polar sea would largely be ice free so that the crew was hugely disappointed to be confronted by an impenetrable ice barrier north of Bering Strait Despite the disappointment and setbacks Cook determined the shape of the Northwest coast of America that had eluded all previous attemptsLa Perouse followed Cook and attempted to find a way through but the weather and time defeated him This and other voyages to the Northwest coast helped to fill in some of the gaps that Cook had missed because he had assumed that some of the strings of coastal islands were the mainland The tremendous number of islands along this coast provided a veritable maze that combined with wishful thinking led many people to believe that the fabled Spanish passage to Hudson Bay existedGeorge Vancouver who had twice sailed with Cook finally put all the mythical passages beyond doubt by meticulously surveying the North West coast from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north of Kodiak Island AlaskaThe illusory stories of the voyages of Juan de Fuca Bartholomew de Fonte and Lorenzo Ferrer Maldonado spurred European geographers and explorers into the search for a navigable passage through North America It took than a hundred years to show that no such passage existed despite the encouragement from land based sponsors This account of the exploration during the 18th century shows that the promise of riches no matter how illusory will drive men to follow mere suggestions It took great navigators to finally dash those dreams but at the same time they filled in the blanks of the North West coast of North America Their achievements have to be admired and celebrated not for their failure to find the impossible but for their determination to disprove fantastic theoriesIn my opinion this is a well researched book that demonstrates the fallibility of human nature when faced with the immense opportunities suggested by others It took the dedicated labours of meticulous men such as Cook Vancouver La Perouse and Malaspina to reveal the truth I give this book 4 stars out of 5


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    read Arctic Labyrinth Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read 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

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read Non Fiction A history of the search for the Northwest Passage from the 1500s through to the 1940s mostly through

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Glyn Williams 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 South America or the even

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    read Arctic Labyrinth download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read Williams does wonderful historical work on the pursuit of the Northwest Passage Though I used this text as a supplement to research for an interpretation of James Sterling's An Epistle to the Hon Arthur Dobbs Williams was such a wonderful writer that I read the entire book anyway Voyages of Delusion is a wonderful book for the histo

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    Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Glyn Williams read 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 ce

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams An excellent and thorough overview of the major mostly British Arctic explorations beginning in the late 16th century with Martin Frobisher and

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams written by a scientist or so it seemed A little too dry for my adventurous mind

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams read 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 mood to cry anyway Actually I thought it was weird since it did mention Allen Young and the HMS Pand

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams download Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Glyn Williams Glyn Williams ↠ 0 read 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 navi

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    Pdf/E–book [Arctic Labyrinth] Ã Glyn Williams 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 Wi

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  • Hardcover
  • 462
  • Arctic Labyrinth
  • Glyn Williams
  • English
  • 13 May 2018
  • 9780520266278