With a Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
'This is a highly readable account of a little known, but critical,
part of our polar history.'
In the shadow of simmering German and Boer resentments,
amid the menace of accelerating naval rearmament, the western world's
leading geographers met in London in 1895 to debate the most elusive
challenge still facing the world of exploration: did a seventh continent
exist at the South Pole? Or was there just a polar ocean with a scattering
This is an account of three expeditions - Belgian,
Swedish and French - that sailed south in response to the London conference
resolution, as did Scott's Discovery, Drygalski's Gauss and Bruce's
Scotia further east. Overshadowed by the later Shackleton, Scott and
Amundsen dramas, the history books have forgotten them. David Yelverton
puts their stories on the map of history for the first time, revealing
a tale of shipwreck, starvation, illness and death, and above all of
supreme personal bravery.
'This book will be of immense value to the thousands
of travellers who venture across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic
Peninsula. Living history is injected into the dramatic scenery.'
John Killingbeck, ex-British
Antarctic Survey, last husky dog driver in the Antarctic with
John Sweeney and lecturer on Antarctic cruise ships
'Yelverton paints the portraits of the early explorers
with unmatched accuracy, detail and skill. Don't go looking for Antarctica
without this book.'
Susan Solomon, author of The Coldest
March and holder of the US National Medal of Science
not only a gripping account of the achievements
and dramas of three lesser known expeditions that played a crucial
part in the discovery of Antarctica, but it is a scholarly and meticulously
researched work long overdue in the Antarctic literature.'
David L. Harrowfield, former Antarctic
curator of the Canterbury Museum, NZ and
historical adviser to the Antarctic Heritage Trust
David E. Yelverton FRGS,
a veteran of World War II, retired in 1979 after a career
in engineering planning and logistics management, and has since devoted
over twenty years to research into Antarctic expeditions that sailed
south as the twentieth century dawned. He is well known for Antarctica
Unveiled (University Press of Colorado, 2000), a definitive history
of Scott's Discovery Expedition, and has catalogued the two premier
collections of its photographs. He has also written articles for specialist
journals and resolved some longstanding uncertainties about 'heroic
age' awards of the British Polar Medal.
Category: Polar Travel/Polar History
ISBN: 0-9548003-0-3 Paperback
Size: 210 x 148 mm
Illustrations: 80 pages, 6 maps, 19 black & white photographs
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