This is an ideal book for the first time exposure to the American explorer, Elisha Kent Kane, and the early Arctic explorers and explorations.
This publication, was written specifically for Young Americans, and published by the Werner School Book Company. (For other offerings by Werner, see our ebook catalog)
The Arctic explorations of Elisha Kent Kane, i.e., Dr. Kane, in search of British explorer Sir John Franklins' expedition, are the stuff of legends, and it is no wonder that he was a well regarded American hero.
In the annals of American explorers, Dr. Kane ranks among the most revered in his time.
The early Arctic explorations were like no other explorations. Not only were the explorers faced with the usual constant hardships and dangers, such as drowning, or starving, or scurvy, or being lost, or being killed, or maimed, and, in some cases, even eaten (by animals and humans), they faced the very real prospect of freezing to death.
And how about isolation ? Could you imagine being on a tiny, crowded wooden ship, stuck in the ice for months at a time, and sometimes years at a time ? And it’s not like everyone took a bath every day; or that there was a huge variety of food; there was no cable TV, and no Internet. No mail, no email. And definitely, there were no women.
If the ship survived, you would eventually sail away, but, sometimes the ship was crushed by the ice, and you had to make your way to land, or perish, as many did. (Dr. Kane and his men hiked overland for 82 days when their ship was destroyed).
To me, the Arctic Explorers, such as Sir John Franklin, had to endure the worst hardships. Which, to me, makes it even more amazing that Dr. Kane had volunteered several times to participate in such expeditions.
He was an adventurer, and an American hero, at heart, long before he ever explored the Arctic, so I guess several trips to the Arctic seemed to suit him just fine. And what is even more astonishing, is he had a somewhat fragile constitution, and he was often very ill, even near death, during these these trips.
He was obviously a valuable asset on these expeditions. As a doctor, he did care for the men, and did his best to to minister to their needs and wants. There is much affection toward him, to this end.
Even though he died at the ripe young age of 37, Dr. Kane was a much revered hero of his time; much more so than our modern society recognizes.
Table of Contents:
II. STUDIES MEDICINE
III. IN FOREIGN LANDS
IV. IN MEXICO
V. SENT TO THE ARCTIC SEAS
VI. IN THE POLAR REGIONS
VII. FAST IN THE ICE
VIII. BEARS AND WALRUSES
IX. TRACES OF FRANKLIN
X. WINTER IN THE ICE
XI. OFF FOR HOME
XII. PLANS FOR A NEW EXPEDITION
XIII. JOURNEYING BY LAND AND SEA
XIV. A VISIT FROM ESKIMOS
XV. ANOTHER ARCTIC WINTER
XVI. THE "ADVANCE" LEFT IN THE ICE
XVII. HOME AGAIN
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