Karluk - William Laird MckinleyBook Club Associates, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, slightly faded.
This book tells for the first time the full story of the Karluk, the leading ship of Stefansson’s Arctic Expedition of 1913-18, which was crushed and sunk in ice almost before the expedition had properly begun. The ship’s crew of twenty-five people were left stranded on the Arctic ice while their leader continued his northern exploration, not returning for five years. In the circumstances the results were inevitably tragic. Eight men died moving across the heaving ice-floes, one man shot himself, two died of malnutrition and the rest barely managed to keep alive until rescue came. The account of their ordeal is a deeply moving tribute to human courage and endurance and, above all, to man’s overpowering will to live. The book is illustrated with a selection of extraordinary photographs taken at the time, most of which have never been seen before.