Trapped in Ice

Trapped in Ice

An Amazing True Whaling Adventure

Book - 2006
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In this true story that reads as action-adventure, learn how 1,219 members of the world's largest whaling expedition managed to survive after becoming entrapped within an Arctic ice shelf.

In the late summer of 1871, thirty-nine whaling ships traveled to the frigid Arctic waters in search of the prized bowhead whale. Despite warnings from local Inuit tribes about impending inclement weather, thirty-two of the whaling ships--carrying 1,219 officers, crewmen, women, and children--decided to journey ahead. When a succession of icy storms ensued, the ships' captains realized that they were, literally, trapped in ice. What followed was a desperate race toward rescue--and against certain death. And, in an extraordinary testament to human courage and perseverance, all survived.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Nonfiction, c2006.
ISBN: 9780439743631
Branch Call Number: j 639.2809 SANDLER
Characteristics: 168 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 20 cm.


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In 1871, the captains of 32 whaling vessels made a serious mistake: they ignored the warnings of local Eskimos, who said that winter would be early, and remained in the area to hunt whales. They eventually had to abandon their ships, which were trapped in the ice, and use their smaller whaleboats to take over 1200 people (including women and children) to safety.


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