Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition
Lost and Found
In 1845 Sir John Franklin set out with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to find the North-West Passage. The expedition ended in the Arctic ice: all 129 men dead, and their ships lost, never to be seen again until the discoveries of 2014 and 2016. Beginning with Franklin’s earlier voyages, describing in detail Erebus and Terror and their crews, and illustrating items retrieved by search parties as well as the recently discovered submerged wrecks, this book brings together every facet of a perennially fascinating story.
New World, Inc.
How England's Merchants Founded America and Launched the British Empire
As Elizabethan England’s only major export was wool, a group of merchants formed a groundbreaking joint-stock company and set out to source new goods and markets. Initially they looked to the East, but their willingness to back Atlantic crossings opened more opportunities. This history follows their endeavours, and those of later seafarers including Gilbert, Drake and Ralegh, and shows how their trade fundamentally shaped Britain and the USA.
William Speirs Bruce
Forgotten Polar Hero
Overshadowed by Scott and Shackleton, thanks in part to falling out with the geographical establishment, Scottish explorer William Speirs Bruce led several polar expeditions in the early 20th century and was instrumental in establishing scientific research stations in the Antarctic.
The Lost City of the Monkey God
Since the days of the conquistadors, rumours have circulated about a deserted city deep in the Honduran interior. Local people said it was cursed; a journalist who reached it in 1940 committed suicide on his return. In 2012 Doug Preston joined a team of scientists set on travelling to it; his account describes how – despite torrential rain, deadly snakes and a terrifying disease – they found a great metropolis beneath the rainforest, and explains the cause of its sudden abandonment.
Exploring Collections from the Endeavour Voyage 1768–1771
Young, wealthy and passionate about plants, Joseph Banks sailed with Captain Cook on Endeavour’s 1768 voyage in search of a southern landmass predicted by geographers. They visited Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia, with Banks collecting and recording plants, wildlife, landscape and artefacts. This volume brings together some of the riches brought home on Endeavour, including maps, drawings and paintings, landscapes and Maori and Aboriginal objects, along with portraits of Banks himself. Foreword by Sir David Attenborough.
Sir Vivian Fuchs, Sir Edmund Hillary and the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1953–58
The Trans-Antarctic Expedition was a remarkable collaboration between Commonwealth nations to undertake the first overland crossing of the continent (during which Edmund Hillary led only the third group to reach the South Pole). Using maps, diagrams and photos from private collections, the Royal Geographical Society and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, this book reconstructs the full story of the planning, execution and mechanical complexity of the dangerous journey.
A Hero for the Atomic Age
Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition
When the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl sailed his balsa-wood raft Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, he created one of the founding myths of the post-war world, imbued with heroism, optimism and free-spirited rebellion against scientific orthodoxy. This examination of his life and ideas reveals how carefully he constructed his own legend, and challenges the racism and sexism implicit in some of his theories.
Between 1945 and 1950, the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger crossed the Arabian Peninsula on foot and on camels. This is his account of trekking through Yemen, The Empty Quarter, Oman and parts of the then Trucial States, crossing and re-crossing around 250,000 miles of inhospitable terrain. Read by Laurence Kennedy. Unabridged.
Across the Arctic Ocean
Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
In 1968 Wally Herbert and three companions set out from Alaska to walk across the North Pole to Spitzbergen. Illustrated with previously unpublished photographs, his account of their trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor Boyarsky and other polar explorers. The result is a record of an epic journey that, as the ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830 the celebrated Captain Morrell kidnapped Dako, a young nobleman from an island off New Guinea, then took him to America and exhibited him as a ‘cannibal’. In this reconstruction of the two men’s interlaced odysseys, an anthropologist delves into a mass of archival material and examines the worldviews of the islanders and Americans, neither of whom initially viewed the other as entirely human.
The Cape Horners' Club
Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape
Cape Horn is the only choke point in the Southern Ocean, where sea currents, unfettered for thousands of miles, are forced through a narrow channel between the Antarctic and the southernmost tip of the Americas. Adrian Flanagan charts the history of the Cape through the exploits of the select band of yachting legends who have taken on its fearsome challenge, including Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnson, Bernard Moitessier, Chay Blythe and Jessica Watson.
The Modern Explorers
This collection of 39 tales of expeditions celebrates the spirit of exploration in the 21st century. Covering seven different terrains and with a final section looking at lost civilizations, these illustrated accounts, most of which are first-hand, include stories of skiing solo to the South Pole, crossing the deserts of Egypt on foot, and seeking out the long-sought source of the Mekong River.
Published in 2013 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit of Everest on 29 May 1953, this volume looks at several earlier British attempts on the mountain and presents hundreds of photos taken by members of the expeditions. Slightly off-mint.