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The Last Voyage of the Karluk (1916)

by Captain Robert A. Bartlett

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It's a well-worn story. An explorer sets out to reach the North Pole by way of the Bering Straight, gets caught in the ice for an extended time, sinks and the crew struggles to make it over the ice to Siberia only to realize the hard part had just begun..

After Captain Bartlett returned to civilization from the disastrous journey to the Arctic in 1913-1914, he came under official scrutiny by his superior officers. The court of public opinion lauded him a hero and he went on to a successful career. This memoir of that journey, published in 1916, played a part in raising his public reputation and it's easy to see why. Co-written with a professional writer, Bartlett is level-headed, self-assured but not cocky, hard-working but delegating authority, competent but willing to recognize mistakes. In short, he is the perfect captain and hero. But there was more to the story the book leaves out: accusations of treachery, murder most likely, and more besides. For those darker currents one can find no better summary than the Wikipedia article (* featured). However the passage of discovery is best taken chronologically with Barlett's story first: it is a solid and enjoyable book, and was the first major account from which later revisions make more sense. ( )
  Stbalbach | Apr 29, 2014 |
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"We did not all come back." Thus begins this firsthand account of the extraordinary adventure of the Karluk, the flagship of explorer Vilhjalmar Steffanson's Arctic expedition of 1913-1916. When the Karluk became trapped in the ice, Steffanson abandoned Captain Robert A. Bartlett and his crew, nearly half of whom perished before the ordeal ended. Accompanied by one Eskimo, Bartlett made the treacherous journey across the ice to Siberia to find help, and returned with rescuers to collect the survivors.

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The heroic tale of the loss of the Karluk in the Canadian arctic and Captain Bob Bartlett's ensuing quest to save its stranded crew.

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