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In Search of Arctic Wonders

Cumbria and the Arctic in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Rob David


In this illustrated book, Dr Rob David explores the connections between Cumbria and the Arctic during one of the great eras of polar exploration.

Many of the great names associated with the Arctic – Sir John Barrow, Sir William Edward Parry, Sir John Richardson and Sir John Ross – feature alongside less well-known explorers such as Skeffington Lutwidge. The polar adventures of the Fifth Earl of Lonsdale contrast with the Arctic exploits of Cumbrian mariners and ship builders such as Joseph Benn and George Taylor. The exciting stories of whaling vessels connected to the port of Whitehaven are vividly recounted. A useful gazetteer of surviving artefacts and locations with Arctic associations is included.





Publication Date:

2013 February


Paperback; 245 x 174mm.