In the Lena Delta is a compelling narrative of The Jeannette Expedition to the Arctic, 1879-1881. Written in intricate detail, this first-hand account recalls the unfortunate fate of the ship and its 33 crew members after setting out on a voyage to reach the North Pole. This work by George Melville, the ship’s engineer, narrates the catastrophic events that followed the ship’s demise.
After some time at sea, the ship became stuck in the ice near Siberia and drifted for over two years before crashing and sinking off the coast. The crew eventually reached dry land and attempted to find civilisation to report their failure and return home. After months of travelling in desolate conditions, many of the crew perished. Of the 33 crew members that departed, only 13 arrived safely back on US soil.
Told in intimate detail, Melville recalls his experiences as a man against the elements: from living with Yakut natives to the heart-breaking discovery of his lost shipmates. This edition from Read & Co. History also includes an account of the Greely Relief Expedition (1884) and Melville’s plan to reach the North Pole on a future voyage. In the Lena Delta is an excellent read for any interested in maritime history and those looking to learn more about the arctic explorations of the past.