Canadian Arctic Wreckspedition
The incredible true story of the ill-fated Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 and its handful of survivors. When the Karluk became encased in ice and their leader abandoned them, the men aboard endured shipwreck, polar bear attacks, scurvy, and even murder—all at temperatures reaching seventy degrees below zero.
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In 1913, a beat-up old whaling ship called the Karluk was taking the men of the Canadian Arctic Expedition north of Alaska. They were in search of an undiscovered continent and things were going just swell, until their ship became trapped in an ice floe and their leader, Viljamur Steffanson, mushed his huskies for the mainland and left them for dead.
The Karluk drifted for months, aimlessly traveling hundreds of miles farther north. When it became clear that no rescue was coming, Captain Robert Bartlett—who became the de facto leader of the expedition after Steffanson went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came home—knew their only hope rested on his shoulders. So he and his Inuit companion Kataktovik traveled over 700 miles through Siberia to try to reach civilization.
Told in a casual tone with splashes of modern humor, HISTORY, F*CK YEAH: Canadian Arctic Wreckspedition is a true story of hilarious incompetence and spectacular triumph.