The Luck of the Karluk by L.D. Cross
Shipwrecked in the Arctic (Amazing Stories)

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When the members of Canada’s First Arctic Expedition set out from Victoria aboard HMCS Karluk in the summer of 1913, it was a moment of great optimism. The three-year mission would chart unexplored landmasses of the Western Arctic and secure Canada’s place in the international geographic community. Little did the team of distinguished scholars and scientists realize, however, how their hopes would soon be brought to ruin. Just a few months into the journey, the vessel became lodged in heavy ice, eventually sinking near the coast of Siberia.

With little polar experience among them but ample supplies salvaged from the wreck, the group of castaways slowly made their way to solid ground on desolate Wrangel Island. There they would wait while the ship’s captain and an Inuk guide embarked on a heroic 1,100-kilometre trek along the Siberian coast in search of help. By the end of the fifteen-month saga, eleven members of the original expedition would perish from frostbite and sickness, while the remaining twenty would survive to tell the tale. The Luck of the Karluk is a fascinating story about an important episode in Canada’s history and a revealing study of the strengths and weaknesses of human nature under treacherous conditions.


About L.D. Cross

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L.D. (Dyan) Cross is an Ottawa writer of many non-fiction books, including Spies in Our Midst, Code Name Habbakuk and Treasure Under the Tundra. Her lifestyle articles have appeared in The Financial Post Magazine, American Style and the Globe and Mail. Dyan won the Ontario Historical Society 2010 Huguenot Society award for her book The Underground Railroad, and she's received industry recognition and other awards for her magazine articles.
Published May 1, 2015 by Heritage House. 144 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction