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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 5:43 am 
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The Romance of Polar Exploration by G. Firth Scott (1862 - 1935).

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While stories of the Polar explorers and their efforts to reach the Poles have been told again and again, the constant renewal of expeditions adds, every year, fresh incidents to the record, until it may almost be said that the fascination of the frozen regions is as inexhaustible as the list of Polar heroes is illimitable. Nor is the interest confined solely to the achievement of modern explorers. However great the results of their exertions may be, the fact that, in spite of all the advantages conferred by recent scientific discovery and modern appliances, the explorers of to-day have failed to penetrate the uttermost secrets of the worlds of ice, renders more impressively heroic the struggles of the earlier travellers, whose equipment, viewed in comparison with that of modern man, was apparently so inadequate and often inappropriate.

No series of Polar adventure stories would be complete without a prominent place being given to the earlier explorers, and especially to that British hero, Franklin, whose name is so inseparably associated with the history of Arctic exploration. The account of his daring voyages and of his tragic end, at the moment of victory, has already been given in many a form; but the tale is one which will stand re-telling for generations yet to come. In the present instance it has been of necessity briefly written, but in such a manner as will, it is hoped, without loss of interest, render clear a comparison of the conditions under which he and his brave companions worked and fought to their death, with those that existed for later expeditions and especially the expeditions of Nansen, Peary, and Abruzzi.

The Antarctic, equally with the Arctic, now commands the attention of man. In the South, as in the North, the British race has again produced explorers who have fought their way into the icy fastnesses. From the time that Captain Cook sailed round the unknown southern ocean, more than a century ago, the British flag has waved in the forefront of the advance. The work which Sir James Ross began, over half a century since, has now been carried farther than ever it was anticipated it could be. By the voyage of the Discovery, the Antarctic continent has been revealed to within five hundred miles of the Pole, and in the gallant exploits of the commander, Captain Robert Scott, there are many who see a repetition of all that made the name of Franklin so immortal. ( the Preface)


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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 5:57 am 
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CHAPTER V THE ALERT AND DISCOVERY

part 1
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This was often so severe that masses over 30,000 tons in weight were broken off and forced up the inclined shore, rising twelve and fourteen feet higher out of the water as they crunched along the ground.

part 2
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On September 4 new ice formed on the water in which the ship was floating, and from observations taken from high land inshore all doubt was removed as to where they were. They had navigated to the end of Robeson Channel and were now in the Polar Sea.

CHAPTER VI THE GREELY EXPEDITION


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A depôt of forty days' full rations was placed at Cape Baird and another of twenty days' rations at Cape Collinson, as soon as the ice was open enough to allow the launch to proceed. Then when it had returned and all the survey parties were in, a decision was come to that if no steamer arrived by July 31 the retreat would be commenced.

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July passed and August arrived, but there were no signs of the approach of any relief steamer, and, on August 9, with the boats loaded with the records of the work done and as much food as could be stored in them, the party bade farewell to Fort Conger and started on their memorable journey.

CHAPTER VIII NANSEN AND THE FRAM

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Probably he had never seen such an animal before and doubted its quality, for he drew his head back, lowered himself on to all-fours, and slowly trotted away. The bear-trap was no success for killing bears, but it afforded excellent entertainment during this occasion, and formed a never-failing source of good-natured chaff afterwards.

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As the short summer passed, the drift turned persistently to the west, and in view of its continuing in that direction, preparations were made for a dash by sledge to the North in the following period of sunlight. The framework of two kayaks were on board, and these were brought out and put together on the ice alongside the vessel.

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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 6:09 am 
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this is going to be awesome. very interesting and very easy to read :) all readers and a dpl are most welcome!

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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 9:26 am 

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I agree. This sounds super interesting. I'll take section 1 and section 16.

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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 10:49 pm 
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Thank you for getting us started :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: July 31st, 2017, 10:50 pm 
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Off we go to readers wanted :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: August 4th, 2017, 1:26 pm 

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Carolin, Can I dpl this book?
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Post Posted:: August 5th, 2017, 4:25 am 

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Hi Carolin, I'd like to read section 4.


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Post Posted:: August 6th, 2017, 12:05 am 
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Thank you both :thumbs:

Welcome to this project, cheryl, i hope you will enjoy it :9:

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Post Posted:: August 6th, 2017, 10:02 am 

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Thank you
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Post Posted:: August 7th, 2017, 2:07 am 

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Thanks, Carolin.

Just wanted to confirm that we read the overview at the beginning of each of the chapters?

The one for chapter four, for instance -

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Death of Captain Hall—Crew determine to Return—Are Frozen in—A Party take to the Ice and are Cast Away—They build themselves Snow Huts—They find some Seals—An Adventure with Bears—The Perils of the Spring—They sight the Tigress and are Saved—The Ship-Party's Story and Rescue.


Edit: Oh, and another query - do you want us to say Section [number] at the beginning and end instead of Chapter [number], since some chapters have been split? I saw that you had done this in a previous work.


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Post Posted:: August 7th, 2017, 3:01 am 
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oooh thank you for pointing that out. i have fixed it and added a note that of course the details can be omitted :) thank you!

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Post Posted:: August 8th, 2017, 8:10 am 

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Thanks for the clarification :)


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Post Posted:: August 22nd, 2017, 9:13 am 

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Hi
I'm new to Librivox and keen to get involved with reading. We just listened to a Librivox version of Shackleton's 'South' and really enjoyed it so this book seems a great place to start.

I'd be interested in reading either Chapter 2 or 8 if possible.

Do let me know if I am going about this the right way or not !

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Post Posted:: August 22nd, 2017, 11:06 am 
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Hi katy, welcome to librivox! :D

You are welcome to read those sections! To be able to sign you up, i need to know under which name or pseudonym you would like to appear in the catalog. We can also link to your personal website or blog.

Please do just complete the one minute test before getting started :) thank you!

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