Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

In his major new work, Michael Palin ? former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter ? brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross?s Antarctic expedition of 1839?43, to its abandonment during Franklin?s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final redisco In his major new work, Michael Palin ? former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter ?...

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Title:Erebus: The Story of a Ship
Author:Michael Palin
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Genres:History
ISBN:184794812X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:334 pages pages

Erebus: The Story of a Ship Reviews

  • Laura
    Oct 13, 2018
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: Michael Palin reads from his new book, abridged by Penny Leicester, about the mysterious and tragic voyage of HMS Erebus in 1845: A 19th century botanist, Joseph Hooker, and a press conference in Canada in 2014 sharpen the author's interest in t...
  • Bettie☯
    Oct 02, 2018
    BOTW https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000... ...
  • Erik
    Oct 15, 2018
    I really wanted to love Michael Palin?s new book ?Erebus?. I really did. I am a fan not just of his comedy, but also of his travel shows. Additionally, the lost Franklin expedition that sank the Erebus and the Terror is something I have been interested in for years. I thought thi...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    Oct 16, 2018
    Palin?s Erebus is a comprehensive account of one of the most famous Arctic and Antarctic exploration vessels. Palin provides a detailed yet compelling overview of the life of Erebus, recently rediscovered in only 36 feet of water in the Arctic, where she has remained since her last v...
  • Andrew Hall
    Mar 16, 2019
    Palin covers the life of the HMS Erebus, and its crews, from its launch in 1826 until it vanished with its sister ship, the HMS Terror, in a search for the Northwest Passage in 1846. Palin is a witty but thorough story-teller. The story starts off a bit slow, but the relating of the 18...
  • Tracey
    Apr 04, 2019
    Absolutely loved this book. A truly fascinating and thought provoking story of the ships HMS Erebus and her sister ship HMS Terror and their expeditions to the Antarctic led by James Clark Ross and the then ill fated expedition to the Arctic led by Sir John Franklin. Really interesting...
  • Richard
    Mar 25, 2019
    This is a gripping and fascinating story of the ?Erebus? and its companion ship, ?Terror?. Both were built as slow but strongly constructed and very stable bomb ships outfitted to fire shells against land-based armies. The older and slightly smaller ?Terror? was actually us...
  • Rob Thompson
    Nov 23, 2018
    A biography of a ship and of Victorian heroism Erebus: The Story of a Ship is a biography of the voyage that was mentioned in Conrad's book, Heart of Darkness. Launched in 1826, it vanished with her sister ship, The Terror, in 1846. They were trying to find a way through the Northwe...
  • Krista
    Feb 10, 2019
    Cheered on by a crowd of engineers, carpenters, blacksmiths, clerks and their families, the stout, broad-hulled warship they had been building for the past two years slides, stern first, down the slipway at Pembroke Dockyard. The cheers rise to a roar as she strikes the waters of Milfo...
  • Will Ansbacher
    Mar 13, 2019
    This is a really interesting story of polar exploration from a slightly different angle. Michael Palin has focussed on the ships ? the Erebus mainly, but also her sister ship the Terror ? that were the common elements of two great Antarctic and Arctic expeditions in the 1840?s, a...
  • Ard
    Feb 11, 2019
    I wouldn't have known about the Erebus, its sister ship Terror and even the Franklin Expedition, if it wasn't for Dan Simmon's epic novel "The Terror". To this day, that is one of the most exciting, chilling and impressive thrillers I have ever read and the fact that it was based on tr...
  • Phil Ford
    Nov 29, 2018
    I have read a lot of books on the tragic Franklin Expedition, obviously involving the fated ship Erebus. I have never read one specifically about the ship, nor have I read anything by Michael Palin. This was wonderful. A book easily geared toward someone who is interested in history bu...
  • Katia M. Davis
    Dec 22, 2018
    I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it was available. I wanted to buy a hardback copy to put on my shelf along with my other 'disaster' books. Unfortunately every time I went to buy a copy from my local store, it was sold out (which I took as a good sign). I had to resort to th...
  • Timothy
    Oct 15, 2018
    Utterly enthralling, compulsive stuff. I was already quite familiar with the doomed Franklin Expedition but this adds a whole new layer to it, plus new stuff i was not aware of, which has been meticulously and lovingly researched by Palin. Add to that - the amazing narration by Palin ...
  • Elizabeth Lloyd
    Jan 23, 2019
    This is a book of heroes, the daring, handsome James Clark Ross, who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline, the unlucky John Franklin, whose ambitious adventurous spirit ended in a disastrous expedition and the gallant ship which linked their lives, the Erebus. It was the rediscovery ...
  • Vera
    Jan 25, 2019
    As to be expected from Michael Palin, this is a captivating account of the story of Erebus and Terror, and Arctic (and Antarctic) expeditions in the mid-19th century. Although the book felt like it started out a bit slow, it soon picked up and became an absolutely fascinating story of ...
  • Wendy
    Jan 30, 2019
    Always enjoy Michael Palin's books. Even better if one listens to the audiobook. Read an article about the Erebus and then discovered that Michael Palin has a book on the subject. It's written and researched well. Then we get the well-traveled author's perspective on the places that th...
  • Chris Steeden
    Jan 17, 2019
    I was lucky enough to get this copy of Erebus at a book signing with Palin. Nice chap he is too I must say. Erebus? What?s all this about then? Well, on 09-Sep-2014 the Prime Minister of Canada announced that a Canadian underwater archaeology team had discovered what they believed to...
  • Peter
    Jan 30, 2019
    As a Canadian, the story and the tragedy of the Franklin exploration is one that is never far from the surface of our collective mythology. When then Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his announcement of the finding of the first ship, it made the headlines in both print and electronic...
  • Barry Martin Vass
    Feb 22, 2019
    This is a fascinating account of British Naval history. When the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815 with Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Great Britain was heavily in debt and had a vast surplus of warships. Eventually these fighting ships were turned to exploration as Britain slowly changed ...
  • Vitek Novy
    Feb 01, 2019
    Michael Palin, znm p?edev?m jako n?kdej? ?len britsk komediln skupiny Monty Python, zde sepsal velice poutav vyprv?n o polrnch cestch lodi HMS Erebus. Notn? zde ?erpal z denk? a dopis? jednotlivch ?len? posdky a tm sestavil vcelku komplexn?...
  • Bill Lynas
    Jan 03, 2019
    When epic traveller & comedian Michael Palin completed his final lice performances with the Monty Python team he naturally felt deflated. By chance he became fascinated with HMS Erebus & her fatal Arctic voyage with HMS Terror in 1845, & this excellent book is the result. ...
  • Laura HP
    Jan 13, 2019
    This is an excellent, gripping book about 2 incredible voyages at the height of Britain's golden age of naval exploration. Palin successfully brings the major characters in both journeys to life and his narrative is both informative and highly readable. The book is amazingly engrossing...
  • Barry Turner
    Nov 03, 2018
    Ha ha I was ploughing through this much like the ship itself carved out a foothold in Arctic waters. Progess slowed - mine that is - with growing realisation I was struggling to read it. Subsequently turned out I gotta cataract. But blessed is the Lord. On BBCiplayer is an abridged re...
  • Noa
    Mar 07, 2019
    Such a fun and interesting read! Especially in tandem with watching the show The Terror, which is a fictional, supernatural account of the second great voyage of the Erebus and her sister ship Terror. It reads like a British documentary, in a good way. ...
  • Darlene Stericker
    Nov 25, 2018
    A slow start but by the second year in Antartica, this book is fascinating. At first I did not appreciate the author's incursions into the story with his wry observations but they made more sense by the end of the book. This was an excellent retelling of the history of Erebus with much...
  • Antonín Sander
    Apr 11, 2019
    Tato kniha ze m? ud?lala fanou?ka lod. Je to mistrovsk dlo vytesan do ledu. Michael Palin posbral zpisky polrnch nmo?nk? a zznamy z tehdej?ho tisku a ?ten?i je p?edv ve skvostn form?, kter m? pohltila. Autor se podval tak?ka na v?echna m...
  • Trista
    Dec 17, 2018
    This was a great adventure and as far as Franklin's voyage to the North, horrifically sad. For not being sure that I would get into this book at first, I was fully invested in Franklin's doomed crew by the middle/end. I even shed a tear or two reading about the hardships these poor foo...
  • Marie
    Oct 12, 2018
    A fabulous book! The story of Erebus and all who sailed on her, is a story that was desperate to be told, and well, Michael Palin is the perfect storyteller in which to do it! It's testement to all the journals, diaries and sketches kept by the explorers on Erebus, and thankful...
  • Mrs B
    Dec 29, 2018
    A highly compelling and fascinating narrative, focussed on the Antarctic and Arctic voyages of the British explorer ship Erebus (and her sister ship Terror). Michael Palin successfully describes not just the ship?s journeys, but the ambitions and disappointments of those who lead her...