Friday, January 03, 2014
BOOKS FOR SAILORS: Some winter reads
The low temperature tonight is expected to be 4 degrees fahrenheit here in the northeast U.S. tonight. That's cold and just the night to start reading an interesting tale of two unfortunate crew members of a whaling ship marooned in the Arctic called Cast Away in the Cold An Old Man's Story of a Young Man's Adventures, as Related by Captain John Hardy, Mariner It's a great yarn written by Issac I. Hayes who had been part of the Second Grinnell Expedition to search for John Franklin. An expedition which became a matter of survival as the expedition's ship Advance became stuck in ice. Three members of the crew died and the others including Hayes embarked on their own epic journey of Arctic survival. Which is why Cast Away in the cold is full of detail that only one who has experienced in the Arctic can provide.
Or if non fiction is more your preference then Arctic Workhorse: The RCMP Schooner St. Roch might suit your fancy. It's the tale of the first boat to successfully travel the Northwest passage and may help you get through some of the cold dark nights of winter too.