I am really excited to bring this long, untold story to the public. In spite of being classed as a historic novel, Arctic Ice is 95% true. Several years ago, my friend and neighbor James G. Blackwell handed me a 20,000 word narrative. This document was in the form of a deep-water sailor's memories, written in journal form in 1932, about his adventure set in 1904-1906. We decided to make the manuscript into a novel. We changed the name of the ship and its crew, though the actual ship still appears in the book. I began research on the people, ships, and incidents mentioned in the journal, adding more detail. James was getting on in years so I told him I would get the book published no matter what. I was still doing research when he died at the age of 85, but I continued working to complete the book, now tripled in length. Arctic Ice - A Novel is now available to the public. You can learn about the Arctic with Tim, the sailor, as he goes on his fascinating voyage to the cold northern seas. Join the officers and crew of the schooner, Mary Aileen, and live this adventure of a century ago.
"From the Barbary Coast to Alaska, the Bering Sea and Siberia, Arctic
Ice expertly captures the feelings and observations of a sailor on his
first trip to this frozen wonderland way, way up North. Presented as a
journal in straightforward language, it weaves an engrossing tale of
traders, whalers, explorers and Eskimos going about their fascinating
lives a century ago."
-Fawne Mallory, Novelist
"Meticulously researched, written as if the speaker were in the room with you, but be sure to have a sweater handy when you read this account of a winter spent frozen in."
-Judith A. Rogow, Journalist and Researcher
"Here's the Far North that tourists wish they could see but so rarely do - walruses, polar bears and the Northern Lights descending like neon curtains; and although we wouldn't want to be sailing with the narrator when the winter turns his trading vessel into 'an ice ship with crystal rigging,' we can read the book, imagine it and almost believe we're there. I thoroughly enjoyed Arctic Ice."
-Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, Travel Writer
"An admirable effort and a unique collaboration between Blackwell and Butterfield to tell this forgotten tale of Arctic history."
-Terrence Cole, Professor of History, University of Alaska
"Has all the flavor of an old salt's yarn in a waterfront dive. I smell the rum on its breath."
-Dennis Peitso, Master Mariner and Schoonerman
||Artic Ice is based on a sailor's journal and intense research. This historical fiction novel recounts some of the history of San Francisco in 1904 and 1906, including the Barbary Coast with its saloon brawls, illicit shipping activities, and the 1906 earthquake and its aftermath. It also covers 18 months of a voyage by a trading schooner to the Beaufort Sea above the Arctic Circle, which includes information on the ships and captains of the whaling fleet which was locked in ice over the winter of 1905-1906. Other topics include Arctic storms, native (Eskimo) culture, animals (whales, walrus, polar bears, reindeer), Roald Amundsen's Northwest Passage, kidnappings and murder. For further information contact the author, Maryann Butterfield, at Ghostwolf Enterprises (Ghostwolf_Enterprises@ridgenet.net)|
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