After a relatively calm first year in the Arctic, the members of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition grew increasingly desperate as ships carrying essential supplies—food, clothing, and building materials, among other items—failed to reach them due to increasingly perilous conditions. Slowly but surely the harsh weather and low supplies decimated the crew, as one by one they succumbed to the merciless Arctic. When a rescue vessel finally reached the Proteus in 1884, only six members of the original expedition remained.
Told in concise prose with stunning clarity, Proteus crew member David L. Brainard's Outpost of the Lost is an inspiring account of human spirit and perseverance, and is not be missed by any armchair adventurer or history buff.
SubtitleAn Arctic Adventure
AuthorBy David L. Brainard, Foreword by Geoffrey E. Clark
Published3 July 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
David L. Brainard was an American arctic explorer and soldier. He is best known for serving as first sergeant under Adolphus Greely on the ill-fated Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. He was one of only six crew members to survive. His two memoirs, Outpost of the Lost and Six Came Back, are based on this experience. Brainard passed away in 1946 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Geoffrey E. Clark is the president of Cocked Hat Ventures, LLC, a documentary film venture. His film Abandoned in the Arctic is based on the Lady Franklin Bay expedition. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.