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To The North Pole

Nov 24, 2014

Swept up by the so-called "arctic fever" of the late 19th Century, the Jeannette set sail in 1879 from San Francisco on an exploratory mission to reach the North Pole. But somewhere en route, the ship, carrying 32 men, became trapped in ice and sank. Hampton Sides, Outside editor and best-selling author, recounts the harrowing tale in, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette."