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Schwatka's Search   By: (1838-1900)

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Schwatka's Search by William H. Gilder is a gripping adventure book that takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the unexplored wilderness of Alaska. The author, Gilder, expertly narrates the true story of Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka and his relentless pursuit to locate the remains of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in the late 19th century.

Gilder's book immerses the reader in the harsh and unforgiving Alaskan landscape, where survival is a constant battle against the elements. With vivid descriptions, he paints a vivid picture of the team's treacherous journey, from navigating treacherous fjords to enduring bone-chilling temperatures. The author's deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Alaska is evident in every page, as he eloquently captures the awe-inspiring landscapes and the visceral emotions experienced by Schwatka and his crew.

Beyond delivering a captivating adventure, Schwatka's Search also offers valuable insights into the historical significance of Lieutenant Schwatka's expedition. Gilder thoroughly researches the ill-fated Franklin Expedition and seamlessly weaves historical facts with the narrative, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the original explorers. This blending of fact and storytelling creates a well-rounded and educational reading experience, striking the perfect balance between action and informative content.

One of the most impressive aspects of Gilder's work is his ability to bring the characters to life on the page. Schwatka, in particular, emerges as a charismatic and determined leader, whose unwavering commitment to his mission is truly inspiring. Gilder effectively humanizes the entire crew, capturing their hopes, fears, and camaraderie, making readers genuinely invested in their success and safety.

Schwatka's Search is a masterfully written, meticulously researched account of a remarkable expedition. Gilder's prose is engaging, the pacing is well-balanced, and the narrative is filled with suspense and intrigue. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in adventure, history, or the allure of the untamed wilderness. It leaves readers with a deep appreciation for the bravery and resilience of explorers who dare to venture into uncharted territories.

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On the 25th of September, 1880, the leading English newspaper published the following words:

"Lieutenant Schwatka has now resolved the last doubts that could have been felt about the fate of the Franklin expedition. He has traced the one untraced ship to its grave beyond the ocean, and cleared the reputation of a harmless people from an undeserved reproach. He has given to the unburied bones of the crews probably the only safeguard against desecration by wandering wild beasts and heedless Esquimaux Which that frozen land allowed. He has brought home for reverent sepulture, in a kindlier soil, the one body which bore transport. Over the rest he has set up monuments to emphasize the undying memory of their sufferings and their exploit. He has gathered tokens by which friends and relatives may identify their dead, and revisit in imagination the spots in which the ashes lie. Lastly, he has carried home with him material evidence to complete the annals of Arctic exploration."

The record of Schwatka's expedition is written in these pages. Much of it has already been published in detached letters by the 'New York Herald', which engaged the author to act as its correspondent during the journey... Continue reading book >>

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