Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-Century Survival Story

History Extra | 1 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrea Pitzer about her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North-East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.