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Author Fleming, Fergus, 1959-

Title Barrow's boys / Fergus Fleming
Published London : Granta Books, 1998


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Description xiv, 489 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary "To what purpose could a portion of our naval force be, at any one time, but more especially in time of profound peace, more honourably or more usefully employed than in completing those details of geographical and hydrographical science of which the grand outlines have been sketched in by Cook ... and others of your own countrymen?" "So wrote John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, in 1816. At that time the atlas was littered with blanks. What was at the North Pole? Was there a North-West Passage? What lay at the heart of Africa? Did Antarctica exist? Barrow decided that these and other questions should be answered. To this end, he launched the most ambitious programme of exploration the world had ever seen. Between 1816 and 1845 his hand-picked teams of elite naval officers scoured the globe's empty spaces. Often at odds with each other and working in utterly surreal conditions - cocked hats in the Arctic, frock coats in the Sahara, reindeer-drawn sledges at the North Pole - they entered a void and, with great hardship, either conquered it or died in the attempt. Their lack of preparation, allied to Barrow's insouciant way with maps, makes this a tale of absurdly dangerous comedy as well as harrowing personal endeavour."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [474]-478) and index
Subject Barrow, John, Sir, 1764-1848.
Voyages around the world -- History -- 19th century.
Discoveries in geography -- British
Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Voyages around the world -- 19th century.
Expeditions -- history.
Explorers -- Great Britain -- History.
Discoveries in geography -- British -- History
Explorers -- Great Britain -- 19th century -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Discovery and exploration.
Genre/Form Biography
LC no. 99231805
ISBN 186207173X