Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice


Guest: Hampton Sides

In 1879, the USS Jeannette sailed out of San Francisco harbor heading to the Arctic on an expedition to the North Pole.  Unfortunately just two months into the journey, the ship became locked in an ice pack. For two years the ship remained stuck until the hull cracked and the ship sank to the bottom of the polar sea, stranding its desperate crew on the ice.  HAMPTON SIDES tells this harrowing story in his new book, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.  He’s our guest this hour on Radio Times.

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal