Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer

P.J. Capelotti


978-1-55238-705-4 (Paperback)

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978-1-55238-714-6 (ePub)

$39.95 CAD / $41.95 USD

300 pages
40 b&w illustrations, 12 maps, notes, appendices, bibliography, index
Northern Lights
March 2013

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About the Book

Mentioned in BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24281727

Benjamin Leigh Smith discovered and named dozens of islands in the Arctic but published no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and sent stand-ins to deliver the results of his work to scientific societies. Yet, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R. Markham referred to him as a polar explorer of the first rank.

Traveling to the Arctic islands that Leigh Smith explored and crisscrossing England to uncover unpublished journals, diaries, and photographs, archaeologist and writer P. J. Capelotti details Leigh Smith's five major Arctic expeditions and places them within the context of the great polar explorations in the nineteenth century.


About the Author

P. J. Capelotti is associate professor of anthropology at Penn State University, Abington College. He is the author of more than a dozen books and his research has taken him several times to Svalbard and Franz Josef Land and twice to the North Pole.

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1. Benjamin Leigh Smith and His Times, 1828 1871 Download
2. Expedition One: Svalbard, 1871 Download
3. Expedition Two: Jan Mayen and Svalbard, 1872 Download
4. Expedition Three: Svalbard, 1873 Download
5. The Awakening to a New Life, 1874 1879 Download
6. Expedition Four: Franz Josef Land, 1880 Download
7. Expedition Five: Franz Josef Land, 1881 1882 Download
8. Benjamin Leigh Smith and His Times, 1883 1913 Download
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