Published by: Boyds Mills Press
Bound By Ice: A True North Pole Survival Storyby Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace
In the years following the Civil War, “Arctic fever” gripped the American public, fueled by myths of a fertile, tropical sea at the top of the world. Several explorers attempted to find a route to the North Pole, but none succeeded. BOUND BY ICE follows the journey of George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette, who departed San Francisco in the summer of 1879 hoping to find a route to the North Pole. However, in mid-September the ship became locked in ice north of Siberia and drifted for nearly two years before it was crushed by ice and sank. De Long and his men escaped the ship and began a treacherous journey in extreme polar conditions in an attempt to reach civilization. Many—including De Long—did not survive. Authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace relate this spellbinding story in rich detail through excerpts from De Long’s extensive journals, which were recovered with his body, newspapers from the time, and photos and sketches by the men on the expedition.Learn more about this title.