Fast in the Ice

R. M. Ballantyne (1825 - 1894)

At the age of 16 Ballantyne went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company. His rule in writing, being in every case, was to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described.

In this book he details the lives of the crew as they must overwinter in the frozen north including their meetings with Eskimos and bears and their struggles with disease. This is a realistic account of what life was like for the explorers of the Arctic. (summary by Esther, adapted from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Exploration

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction Esther
Play 02 At Sea, The First Storm Esther
Play 03 In the Ice, Dangers of Arctic Voyaging Esther
Play 04 Difficulties, Troubles, And Dangers Esther
Play 05 A Gale, Narrow Escapes, Signs Of Winter, Set Fast Esther
Play 06 Preparations for Wintering, Remarkable Adventures with a Bear Esther
Play 07 A Great Battle with the Walrus Esther
Play 08 The Cause of Ice-Bergs, Fox-Chase, A Bear Esther
Play 09 A Visit to the Eskimos, Wonderful Doings, A Mystery Esther
Play 10 The Tale of a Kite, A Great Bear-Fight Esther
Play 11 Christmas Time, Death, Return of Light and Hope, Disasters and Final Deliverance Esther