The Open Polar Sea

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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The Open Polar Sea was one of the most prevalent myths of nineteenth-century Arctic exploration. Several explorers had hypothesised a stretch of ice-free sea between Greenland and the North Pole, and several expeditions set out in search of it. One of these was planned and led by Isaac Israel Hayes (1832-81), an American physician and explorer. This account of the expedition, first published in 1866, was compiled from his journals. Having left Boston in a small schooner so overloaded with equipment that a passenger could lean over the deck rail and touch the sea, Hayes and his crew almost faced shipwreck off Nova Scotia and regularly saw their cabins flooded on their way to Greenland, where, in calmer weather, they encountered the first palatial ice floes. Written for the general reader rather than for scientific purposes, this book still serves as an accessible, entertaining guide to the voyage.

Table of Contents

Leaving Boston
Passage to the Greenland coast
The colony of Proven
Among the icebergs
Entering Melville Bay
Hans and his family
Our winter harbor
Journey on the glacier
Important results of the recent journey
My cabin
Increasing darkness
The Arctic midnight
The New Year
The Arctic night
Prolonged absence of Mr Sonntag
Looking for the sun
Spring twilight
Kalutunah returns
Starting on my first journey
Sending forward supplies
The first day's journey
The storm continues
The difficulties multiplying
The main party sent back
The prospect ahead
A new start
The open Polar Sea
On board the schooner
Inspection of the schooner
The Arctic spring
The Arctic summer
Leaving Port Foulke
Leaving Smith Sound
Homeward bound
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