Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator Hardcover – Nov 16 2013
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"That sense of our own smallness also comes across in Lost Beneath the Ice in the pictures of some of the artifacts recovered from the Investigator, particularly the single leather shoe that somehow survived more than a century under Canadian ice. Imagine the foot in the shoe, the man attached to the foot, the ship that man sailed on, the endless, yet insufficient, rations that man ate while his ship was trapped in the ice for nearly two years. Our endurance and our hubris are staggering." (whatifknits.com)
…there's no other book of its kind that so dramatically evokes the hazards of Arctic navigation in the nineteenth century. I certainly can't imagine a more welcome holiday gift for any exploration buffs on one's list. (arcticbookreview.com)
…belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in Arctic history and exploration. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Author Andrew Cohen’s account of the three agonizing years McClure and his starving crew spent with their ice-locked ship before being rescued by a sledge party from HMS Resolute is gripping…Lost Beneath the Ice is a stunning coffee book featuring magnificent contemporary paintings and diagrams, as well as modern-day photographs of the archeological expedition and its discoveries. The five pages of Investigator’s 1848 hull and deck plans alone are worth the cover price. (Maritime Engineering Journal)
Through this historic chronicle, Cohen pieces together the dynamics of a disorderly crew and an implacable captain in harrowing conditions and brings forth an archive of discovery, struggle and extraordinary circumstances. (Canadian Naval Review)
Andrew Cohen presents a well written, accurate, and lively account of one of the most famous episodes of the age of Arctic exploration. (Northern Mariner)
About the Author
Andrew Cohen is a journalist and professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University. His best-selling books include While Canada Slept, a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and The Unfinished Canadian. He writes a syndicated column with Postmedia Newspapers and is a regular commentator on TV. He lives in Ottawa.
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The ship remained a mystery for a century and a half until in 2010 when the Parks Canada sent a team to find it. This was a well told story and the research was excellent.
Thanks to Net Galley and Dundurn for allowing me to read this book.
Everyone who is anyone should read this book!