Whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as
dangerous as it was lucrative in 1897. In that particular year, winter came
early, bringing with it storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale
ships and about three hundred sailors off guard. The ships were imprisoned in
ice with no hope of escape. With limited provisions on board the ships that
hadn’t been crushed by the ice, there was little hope these men could survive
until warmer temperatures arrived at least ten months later.
tells the incredible, true adventure story of three men who were ordered by
President McKinley to carry out an overland rescue that covered 1,500 miles of
treacherous Alaskan terrain in the dead of winter. Their mission was to drive
two herds of reindeer out to feed the starving men. With their own
survival in the balance, these men battled raging storms, killing cold, injured
sled dogs, and their own will to continue to bring relief to the stranded whale
men. Entries from the journals of two of the rescuers and photographs taken by
the third key member of the unlikely expedition dramatically document every
mile of their heroic, unprecedented journey.
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