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Titre Island of the blue foxes : disaster and triumph on Bering's great voyage to Alaska / Stephen R. Bown.
Auteur Bown, Stephen R., author
Éditeur Madeira Park, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2017]
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Sujet anglais Bering, Vitus Jonassen, 1681-1741 -- Travel -- Alaska
Kamchatskai͡a ėkspedit͡sii͡a (2nd : 1733-1744)
Scientific expeditions -- Alaska -- History -- 18th century
Russians -- Alaska -- History -- 18th century
Discoveries in geography
Alaska -- Discovery and exploration
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Russian
Sujet français Béring, Vitus Jonassen, 1681-1741 -- Voyages -- Alaska
Kamchatskai͡a ėkspedit͡sii͡a (2e : 1733-1744)
Expéditions scientifiques -- Alaska -- Histoire -- Jusqu'à 1867
Russes -- Alaska -- Histoire -- Jusqu'à 1867
Découvertes géographiques
Alaska -- Découverte et exploration
Arctique -- Découverte et exploration -- Russes
Description xi, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note "Published in the United States as a Merloyd Lawrence Book by Da Capo Press"--Title page verso.
Bibliographie Includes bibliographical references (pages 298-302) and index.
Résumé "The story of the Great Northern Expedition, an epic tale of shipwreck and survival from the Age of Sail. The Great Northern Expedition was the most ambitious and well-financed scientific expedition in history. Lasting nearly ten years and spanning three continents, its geographical, cartographical and natural history accomplishments are on par with James Cook's famous voyages, the scientific circumnavigations of Alessandro Malaspina and Louis Antoine de Bougainville, and Lewis and Clark's cross-continental trek. Conceived by Peter the Great in the 1730s and led by Danish mariner Vitus Bering, the enterprise involved a cavalcade of nearly three thousand scientists, secretaries, interpreters, artists, surveyors, naval officers, mariners, soldiers and labourers, all of whom had to be brought across five thousand miles of roadless forests, swamps and tundra, along with tools, supplies, libraries and scientific implements--as well as the clavichord belonging to Bering's wife, Anna. Scientific objectives included investigating flora, fauna and minerals as well as outlandish rumours about the Siberian peoples. After the expedition reached the eastern coast of Asia, Bering oversaw the construction of two ships, the St. Peter and St. Paul, and sailed for America with one hundred and fifty men, including the German naturalist and surgeon Georg Steller. The voyage was plagued by ill fortune--a supply ship failed to arrive, officers quarrelled and the ships were separated in a storm. While St. Paul reached Alaska and reported back to Russia, Bering's ship, St. Peter, was wrecked on a desolate island in the Aleutian Chain inhabited by feral foxes. Island of the Blue Foxes is an incredible true-life adventure story, a story of personal and cultural animosities, unimaginable Gothic horrors and ingenuity in the face of adversity."-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9781771621618 (hardcover)
   
   
   
 
 
   
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