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Fury Beach by Ray Edinger

Fury Beach (2003)

by Ray Edinger

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The winter went, the summer went,

The winter came around;

But the hard, green ice was strong as death,

And the voice of hope sank to a breath,

Yet caught at every sound.

George H. Baker

from "A Ballad of Sir John Franklin"
To Yvonne
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Preface -- I admit to a morbid curiosity about adventures in cold, icy regions -- the more tragic, the better.
Introduction -- The year 1829 brought the eleventh consecutive year that Captain John Ross was denied command of a ship.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425196046, Paperback)

In his four-year arctic adventure, sea captain and scientist John Ross discovered the magnetic North Pole, the life of the Inuit people-and the wisdom that comes only from pushing the boundaries of human courage. In his biography, Ray Edinger "looks clearly and keenly through Captain John Ross' voyages...and reveals the most overlooked truth about arctic exploration-that it was inevitably international, interethnic, and a test of wisdom and intelligence even more than endurance. Here is history without prejudice" (Wallace Kaufman, author of The Beaches Are Moving and Contrary Winds).

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Provides an account of Captain John Ross's attempts in 1829 to be the first to navigate the waters of the Arctic in a steam ship and find the legendary Northwest Passage, and discusses how Ross and his crew, trapped by ice in the Canadian Arctic, survived with the help of the Inuits of Boothia Peninsula.… (more)

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