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Sailor on Ice: Tom Crean: with Scott in the Antarctic 1910-1913 Paperback – 31 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Terra Nova Press (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615452469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615452463
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hirzel landed at Sky Ranch overlooking Pacifica, California at the end of 30 years of wandering that started in West Virginia, with extended stops in Florida, Virginia, Lake Tahoe and various points between. In the course of time he has published numerous poems, stories and articles, five plays, a first-hand account of an ill-fated 1881 Arctic expedition, but his true calling has always been the history of polar exploration in the “heroic” age. The fascination began with a first reading of Shackleton’s Valiant Voyage in 1961, and never ended. One result has been the book "Tom Crean: Sailor on Ice" a labor of love that started in 1996 and, with the publication of "Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott's 'Discovery' Expedition" and "Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton's 'Endurance' Expedition, is now complete. David Hirzel makes his home Sky Ranch watching the whales and the Pacific sunsets, and dreaming up new writing projects.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. H. Crawford on 5 Feb. 2014
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I have read a couple of books about tom Crean. He is a hero and his exploits defy description. He seemed to be happiest in the most dire of circumstances. He also seemed to have been put together differently from most other men as he seemed to laugh off the biting cold of the vilest the Antarctic could through at him. This book have a good insight into his journey with Scott. However the most annoying thing about the book were the number of typos. There must have been at least 20. Since I hardly ever see any in any books I read this makes me wonder if anyone bothered to proof read it. I think this did slightly spoil my enjoyment of the book. Despite that if you are interested in reading about Crean with Scott then this book is worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sailor On Ice: Tom Crean 23 July 2011
By TC - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was able to purchase a copy directly from the author at a book signing. His talk gave us a behind the scenes look at the passion he has on the subject and it increased my desire to dive into a look at one of the exploration party.

The book was wonderful and provided a style of writing that made you imagine you were right next to Tom Crean. You can feel the mental and physical rigors this man and the entire group went through. It was hard to put down and after finishing it have already given it to someone to enjoy it as well. A truly amazing read and I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic read 11 July 2011
By Diana - Published on
Format: Paperback
Stories of historic leaders are always prominent, but rarely do we read the stories of the lesser known participants of great adventures. Tom Crean is one of these lesser known men. His courage, resourcefulness, determination, strenght and ability make for a riviting story. I highly recommend this true story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Educational Read 9 Jan. 2012
By fifi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am not an avid reader, except for financial information, but I found David Hirzel's book "Sailor On Ice: Tom Crean" to be a wonderful read. It was very educational, and I learned much about the heroes of Antarctic exploration. It was so descriptive I could feel myself amidst the men experiencing their adventures with the beauty of the snow and ice and the pain of starvation and cold. Their attachment with the animals (dogs and ponies) and their loss was very emotional. It is very obvious David Hirzel did an exhaustive research of his subject matter. The book is very well written and an easy read. It was the perfect length for someone like me. Towards the end of the book, I could not put it down as I was very anxious to find out more about the search for the polar party. I am a female. It took me a while to get into the book, but I am recommending it to my husband and anyone who is looking for an exciting and adventurous read. The Glosary of Antarctic and Ice Terms was exceptional in its detail and very helpful to a novice like me. Go out, purchase and read this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superbly Written 4 Aug. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sailor On Ice: Tom Crean is a superbly written true story about exploration in the Antarctic during the early 1900s. Crean was the back-up guy, the crewman who never complained, but yet made the voyage of the Discovery and exploration of the frozen land at the southern tip of the earth possible. Crean sailed with Scott and this stalwart seaman lasted through minus 70 degree cold, rescued his countrymen when he needed to and took no fanfare. When he returned home, he held no speaking tour, Crean simply and admirable kept to his own business. Hirzel has the uncanny ability to put us in the scene and tug us along the snowy voyage and Antarctic trek. It was a wonder I didn't get chilblains. If you're interested in these old explorers and true tales of the sea, you'll love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Adventure and True Heroism 17 Oct. 2011
By Jack T - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tom Crean is the man you want to, "have your back", in a tight spot. He is the essance of steadfast loyalty.
His clear head, and quick reactions will leave you wishing he was your shipmate. When you finish
the book, you will feel that he was. David Hirzel puts you on the Ice with Tom. I'll never complain of the cold again. Couldn't put it down. Buy it. Jack T
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