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Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer (Northern Lights) Paperback – March 1, 2013
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Capelotti has produced a comprehensive, well-written, and well-researched account not only of Benjamin Leigh Smith's Arctic expeditions, but also of his unusual family background and his eccentricities. Given that Leigh Smith himself never published anything about his expeditions, this is an impressive accomplishment.... Capelotti has made a valuable contribution to Arctic historiography by so effectively bringing this brilliant, publicity-shy eccentric out of the shadows.
-William Barr, Arctic: 66 (3): 366-368
"These are gripping tales of the sea, and of survival against the odds, which Capelotti, working from unpublished journals and diaries, recounts with enthusiasm and panache, while preserving the abundant subtle humour and typically English understatement of the original sources. A seasoned Arctic traveller himself, the author's empathy with the explorer shines through every page ... allowing us for the first time to see inside the complex mind of this reclusive and most neglected pioneer."
-Raymond John Howgego, International Journal of Maritime History
Not only does the book capture the adventures of Benjamin Leigh Smith with detail and excitement, it provides an overview of Arctic exploration as a whole. Capelotti utilized journals and logs written by Benjamin Leigh Smith and his contemporaries, to give a well-written, and well-researched account of a man lost to history. Capelotti's knowledge of Arctic exploration is on full display in this biography. Between the sagas of Benjamin Leigh Smith are detailed narratives that highlight events that took place during the same time period.
Though Capelotti has documented the accounts of Benjamin Leigh Smith before (Capelotti, 2006, 2008, 2010), none pull this history together with such an interesting, compelling, and sometimes humorous style as Shipwreck at Cape Flora.
--Chris McEvoy (2015), Polar Geography, 38:2, 171-172
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