The HMS Investigator was never supposed to have ended up the way she did. She was coming to the rescue of the expedition that preceded her, not to get stuck in impassable ice. But sometimes nature has a way of disrupting the best laid plans of mice and men. Like with so many ships of the past and of the future ice was the culprit. It held the Investigator fast for months on end and the captain knew they could not wait another year for it to break up (which it may or may not have done). Morale was low with boredom driving the men out of their minds. Food stores had dwindled and scurvy had set in. It was definitely time to move out while everyone was still alive – weakened as the men may be it was a option the captain would take.
A most fascinating story I’ve only read bits and pieces of. In fact Lost Beneath the Ice has perked my interest so much I will most certainly be putting other books of the same subject on my to-read list. This was a great little book for someone searching for a starting point into the story of the HMS Investigator as well as the expedition she went after and never found. Although it is rather short, it is well worth having – and the photographs were a great plus.
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