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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

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Refitted with a steam engine from a locomotive, among other cutting-edge technological advancements. Con linguaggio semplice ma accurato, e con tono umanamente partecipe, spiritoso e divertente quando serve e quanto basta, rispettoso e commosso dove è più opportuno, Palin dà una marea di informazioni sulle navi, sulla corsa alle esplorazioni che dominò la Marina britannica dopo la fine delle guerre napoleoniche, sulla sete di scoperte scientifiche unita all'orgoglio imperialista, sulle personalità dei protagonisti, sulla vita a bordo, narrando contemporaneamente anche il suo personale viaggio sulle tracce della nave, sugli stessi luoghi a distanza di due secoli, con tutt'altri mezzi e con tutt'altri occhi, da Capo Horn all'isola di Beechey, dove dà un ultimo saluto alle tombe di tre componenti della spedizione Franklin lì sepolti.

I like to think that those aboard Erebus drew similar comfort from the whales' company on the long and increasingly hazardous journey south. For younger bookworms – and nostalgic older ones too – there’s the Slightly Foxed Cubs series, in which we’ve reissued a number of classic nature and historical novels. We see their plans, we then sail with the crews and suffer with them as the ships explore and move through the Antarctic. In the book we also learn how Palin came to love sea stories and how he became fascinated with the epic story of HMS Erebus.

Questo libro è un resoconto scritto magnificamente, sul mistero che per più di 160 anni ha tenuto svegli gli storici e non, sugli ultimi giorni di queste due navi,di cui si era persa traccia. In the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. It is an epic story, full of appalling human suffering (everyone died) and one constantly revised as fresh discoveries float to the surface. La cruda e cupa tragedia che colpì questa spedizione avrebbe potuto essere infatti raccontata quasi con stile documentaristico, senza gli inserti horror del libro di Dan Simmons.

He is clearly an intelligent and thoughtful man, able to offer his own insights into the story from his various travels. Palin is a superb stylist , low-key and conversational, who skillfully incorporates personal experience. e gli intrepidi equipaggi, sfidando venti gelidi, ghiaccio e iceberg immensi, portano ad importanti scoperte nel campo geografico, del magnetismo terrestre, della zoologia e della botanica. Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s. Well, on 09-Sep-2014 the Prime Minister of Canada announced that a Canadian underwater archaeology team had discovered what they believed to be the HMS Erebus that had been lost for almost 170 years on the seabed somewhere in the Arctic.His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. He even reviews the plans by the master shipwright who outfitted her for her expedition to the Arctic. Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by an avid explorer and storyteller.

The book covers not only its loss in the Arctic, but its Antarctic exploration, and its construction in Milford Haven. Labourers at the Pembroke dockyard built the broad-hulled warship and sent it into the waters off Milford Haven in June 1826.I don't know if this is a book I will think back on and ponder, but it is a fascinating window to a time when The Unknown was a prominent character and those who set out to meet her did so at their own peril. Of course, it's not possible to know the whole truth, as no one survived (I'm pretty sure that's not a spoiler!

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. My biggest takeaway, afforded by this being such a recent book, is the theory that several of the sailors on the expedition could have been female, judging by absences of Y chromosomes in some remains.The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the 'Great Southern Barrier'; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus's final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist - when he wasn't shooting the local wildlife dead. Di solito non amo molto i saggi divulgativi (preferisco, nelle materie in cui sono più preparata, quelli con un approccio più scientifico e rigoroso, con apparati di note, bibliografia, linguaggio "sostenuto": questione di gusti), e ancora meno quando l'autore si inserisce in prima persona nell'argomento trattato, ma questo libro evidentemente è stata la classica eccezione. Despite a lifetime interest in history and travel, I am ashamed to confess that until I read this book neither the names of the ships nor the names of their famous crew were known to me. Hooker obsessively recorded the plants and animals that he saw on the voyage, offering Britons their first glimpse of the diverse wildlife of the southern hemisphere.

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