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Author Sandler, Martin W.

Title The impossible rescue : the true story of an amazing Arctic adventure / Martin W. Sandler.

Imprint Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Children's Non-fiction    j 979.803 SAN    DUE 07-26-22
 GDL Montrose Library Children's Non-fiction    j 979.803 SAN    Available
 GDL Pacific Park Library Children's Non-fiction    j 979.803 SAN    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 163 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-157) and index.
Contents Stranded -- An audacious plan -- The long trek begins -- An extraordinary encounter -- Blizzards, reindeer and near disaster -- A desperate request -- Another agonizing decision -- Bertholf battles the odds -- A hazardous crossing -- Dire news of the whalers -- Contact -- Jarvis takes charge -- Voyage against time -- Epilogue -- What happened to them.
Summary In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them. The mission? A perilous trek over 1,500 miles of nearly impassable Alaskan terrain, in the bone-chilling months of winter, to secure two herds of reindeer (for food) and find a way to guide them to the whalers before they starve. With the help of photographs and journal entries by one of the rescuers, Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing raging blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills.
Subject Bear (Ship) -- Juvenile literature.
Overland Relief Expedition (1897-1898) -- Juvenile literature.
Overland Relief Expedition (1897-1898)
Whaling ships -- Accidents -- Alaska -- Barrow, Point -- Juvenile literature.
Whaling -- Alaska -- Barrow, Point -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Reindeer -- Alaska -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Rescues -- Alaska -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Barrow, Point (Alaska) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
ISBN 9780763650803

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