by: Angie Butler
publisher: Jackleberry Press, published: 2011-08-01
sales rank: 1978868
price: $87.48 (new)
Brave people not only fascinate others in their life time; they keep fascinating the world after their departure. Brave people exemplify the limits of Human courage and endeavor hence; they live past their mortal existence.
In the early years of 20th century (1900s), some very brave people were exploring the unreached corners of the Earth, for the sake of humanity. One such remote corner of the world was the Antarctic continent – encompassing the mysterious South Pole. Among the foremost adventurers who tried to explore the lengths and breaths of cold and lonely Antarctic was the Edwardian Polar explorer Frank Wild.
Journalist Angie Butler, fascinated by Frank Wild, started into a unique quest in 2004. She set out to unravel the truth of the final years of Edwardian Polar explorer.
Initially thought to be a project taking a couple of months or a couple of years; the research work engaged Butler for seven-years.
And finally in 2011, the Book is out.
The book titled, The Quest for Frank Wild, is simply an engaging story of the indomitable Yorkshire-born traveler who tackled the frozen wastes of the South Pole with Sir Ernest Shackleton three times during the heroic age of the early 20th century.
About Frank Wild:
|Frank Wild sitting by a kitchen stove,
Australasian Antarctic Expedition
Frank Wild has now been recognized as one of the greatest British Edwardian Polar explorers of all time.
Frank Wild, full name John Robert Francis Wild, was the eldest of 11 children from a North Yorkshire family. The family later moved to Bedfordshire.
Frank took five Antarctic Expeditions in his life time, He is the only person to achieve four Polar medals.
Frank started with Merchant Navy in 1890. At that time he was 16. In 1900 at 26 years of age, he joined the Royal Navy.
The next year he served as an Able Seaman on HMS Edinburgh in Sheerness, Later he joined Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ship ‘Discovery’ as a sailor and befriended Shackleton.
Wild took part in Shackleton’s first Antarctic expedition on the ‘Nimrod’ and was one among the expedition team of four, to get within 180 kilometres of the South Pole.
In Douglas Mawson’s Australian expedition from 1911-13, Wild led the Western Party.
In his third expedition, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914–16, he was Schackleton’s second-in-command.
During the Endurance expedition, Wild led 21 men who became marooned on desolate Elephant Island. The group has to spend next four months in upturned boats and survive on a diet of seal, penguin and seaweed. Later when the group was rescued; the Point Wild on Elephant Island was named after Frank Wild.
His final mission, the Quest expedition, took place in 1921; where he has to take the command, following Shackleton’s death in January 1922.
About the Book:
Frank Wild’s last years have long been a matter of mystery. It’s widely believed that he died in extreme poverty, living in the small mining town of Klerksdorp near Johannesburg, South Africa; forgotten by his fellow pioneers and the world.
His last days have more been distorted by history and sensational journalism; when no-one even knew where he was buried.
Butler’s erudite research and investigations have finally uncovered an extraordinary untold story; which makes an astonishing discovery.
The book tries to re-create the career of an outstanding man who was forgotten during his life and death.
Not to mentions, the book as well provides a unique and fascinating account of the dangers faced by the early Polar explorers.