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Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition

Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition

In 1871, the Polaris sailed with great fanfare from New York harbor and began a historic journey to one of the earth’s final frontiers. Seven months later, a handful of half-starved survivors returned with a story that shocked the entire nation.

Introduction: Tragedy

Chapter 1. A Grand Beginning

Chapter 2. A Hearty Crew

Chapter 3. Flags and Fanfare

Chapter 4. First Ice

Chapter 5. Nipped

Chapter 6. Death

Chapter 7. Disorder

Chapter 8. Calamity

Chapter 9. Retreat

Chapter 10. A Dreadful Night

Chapter 11. Marooned

Chapter 12. Adrift

Chapter 13. On the Beach

Chapter 14. Slow Starvation

Chapter 15. The Inquest

Chapter 16. The Whitewash

Chapter 17. 1968