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Rescue at the Top of the World

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Winter came early to the Arctic in 1897. Frigid temperatures brought pack ice that filled the waters north of the Bering Strait. As a result, virtually the entire North American whaling fleet was trapped, stranding 300 men to die of starvation and exposure. Three escaping ships raised the alarm. Answering the call, three officers from the early U.S. Coast Guard and two ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Paradise Cay Publications
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Kivrin
Aug 30, 2012 Kivrin rated it really liked it
Good story that I hadn't heard before. A group of whalers gets stranded in the Arctic by an early winter in 1897. The story focuses on the efforts of the Revenue Cutter Service (to become the Coast Guard) to get food to the men so they won't starve before being rescued in the summer. The food, in this case, is in the form of reindeer that need to be gathered and herded more than 1500 miles across the Alaskan wilderness.

The writing's uneven, and the book could have used a better editor, and I tho
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Ndshill
Feb 09, 2008 Ndshill rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ndshill by: a gift from John Dyer
The true story of the rescue of 300 whalers whose ships were trapped by an early freeze off the Alaskan Coast. I can't imagine the courage of the men who hearded reindeer 1500 miles to Point Barrow to supply food for the whalers while they waited out the winter. My brother discovered this book while researching "The Bear", the sailing ship that my father sailed to the Antarctic in. "The Bear" was the rescue vessel in this book. An amazing story of selfless men and Eskimos willing to risk their ...more
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Mar 27, 2008 Ina rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! I have grown to appreciate the sacrifice and work of men I never knew existed!
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