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Voyage of the Iceberg: The Story of the Iceberg That Sank the Titanic Hardcover – November 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; First Edition edition (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370306287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370306285
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,860,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DR. RICHARD BROWN was one of Canada’s foremost experts on seagoing birds and worked for many years as a marine biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Halifax. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mullmj@netheaven.com on June 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this book on the shelf of a friends bookcase and was told that it was a gift recieved but never read. I became intrigued after just a few lines were read because in a sense the book is a "biography" about a hypothetical iceberg off the coast of Greenland and the typical path traveled into the North Atlantic similar to what eventually sank the Titanic. I read the book several years ago and well before the popularity of anything to do with the Titanic. The book is very informative and well written. Its probably time to now bring it back into print as many readers seek a better understanding of icebergs and how they are created and move into the navigation paths of big ships. Even to this day there is an international iceberg patrol monitoring the path of icebergs in the shipping lanes. They are also watched by satellite and tracked by GPS. Don't hesitate to read this book if you can rustle up a copy. I have since reading this book visited Greenland and suggest that if you are not up to desolation and biting blackflies reading the book in the comfort of your home might be the best way to learn about these cold monsters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaleberg on September 15, 2011
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This is the story of the iceberg that sank the Titanic told by a naturalist who has extensively explored and studied the Canadian arctic. It tells of Greenland glaciers, seal hunts and rogues, native migrations, the rough life of the fishermen and sailors, the lone ships on patrol before radio, and always returns to the massive blocks of ice as they follow the currents and seasons of the northern seas. It doesn't have Kate Winslet in it, but it's a great story.
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Voyage of the Iceberg: The Story of the Iceberg that Sank the Titanic by Richard Brown is a small book unlike any other about the Titanic disaster. Brown, a specialist on seabirds, has written a compact tale about the journey of icebergs, specifically the Iceberg with a capital I, that entered immortality on 14 April 1912. From the Iceberg's formation in the Jakobshavn Ice Fiord in Greenland, to its migration north near Ellesmere Island then south past Baffin Island and the east coast of Labrador to the north Atlantic, Brown paints a natural history of all icebergs of the region. Originally published in 1983, Voyage of the Iceberg was reprinted with a new preface on the centenary of the Titanic's sinking.

Brown writes more than just about the journey of a hunk of ice from Greenland to the time the Titanic collided with it. Brown also writes about the avifauna and the habitat and migration of all arctic species, and how they depend on icebergs as storehouses of vast food reserves. The Canadian and Greenlandic Inuit also feature in Voyage of the Iceberg as they rely on icebergs when fishing or hunting for seals. As European and North American explorers ventured further north than ever before during the early part of the twentieth century, the Inuit were vital for their guidance and expert advice. The native arctic population however could not understand why these strange people would trudge ever northward:

"What Big Nail were they looking for? Old Mequsaq knows the men who went there with Cook and the men who went with Peary, and none of them saw any Nail. All the white men did was to travel so far out on the ice that the Inuit were afraid they would never get back to land. When they stopped, they put up a post with a cloth on it, turned around and came home again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Meyers on December 5, 2012
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Good book. Interesting. But I don't give 5's to any but godly oriented books.

"6 more words required" --- this is why I'm less likely to go on with these reviews.
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