Ancient Mariner

Ancient Mariner

The Amazing Adventures of Samuel Hearne, the Sailor Who Walked to the Arctic Ocean

Book - 2003
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PUBLISHED TO GREAT REVIEWS in Canada, the US and the UK, Ancient Mariner tells the riveting story of how Samuel Hearne—a sailor at 12, a northern explorer at 24, an admirer of Native peoples—became the first European to reach the Arctic coast of North America. Yet, as Ken McGoogan reveals, Samuel Hearne’s place in the history books has been a subject hotly disputed over the past two centuries. This fascinating saga, a skillful blend of literary detective work and finely imagined narrative, delights and surprises as it restores Hearne’s rightful place in history.

PREVIOUS EDITION: 0-00-200098-9

“Brisk, readable books about great Englishmen don’t come much better than this. The story of Samuel Hearne has something for everyone.” The Observer (UK)

“Compelling.... [Ancient Mariner] relates an often brutal tale with a surprising amount of grace and poetry.” Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002000987
Characteristics: 333 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Ancient mariner


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Apr 22, 2017

McGoogan's accounts of historical figures and events read as engagingly as novels. As he did with Fatal Passage: The Story of John Rae, the Arctic Hero Time Forgot, he succeeds in developing Hearne as a fully rounded personality, a man of many talents and strong passions, not just an historical figure. McGoogan is also to be commended for accurately portraying the relationships with and among the aboriginal peoples (primarily Cree and Dene) their traditions and behavior and their crucial role in Hearne's explorational journeys.
Considering what Hearne accomplished and the conditions under which he did so, it's remarkable that he is largely forgotten here in Canada and totally forgotten in his birthplace Beaminster and in London where he spent the remainder of his life after retiring from the HBC. It may be that one reason neither Rae nor Hearne received the recognition they deserved was that they told their own countrymen truths that they wished not to hear and chose not to believe. Too often, our accepted version of history is colored by the prejudices and vested interests of those who have custody of the records.

Jul 11, 2013

. samuel hearne .british explorer ect........ hired by hudson bay company most notabily exploration, mapping,befriending various native nations ,tribes & clans. he travelled with [himself the only white] locals. crossing nation /tribe boundaries.taught &learned survival@ its ' bare bones' level. His observations set the record striaght that there was NO passage to the pacific from the western shores of the hudsons bay .[navagable by ocean going vessel] Hearne book ;Journey To The Northern Ocean, is his story of 2.5 years continious trek from fort princeof wales { fort churchill} to mouth of Copper mine river on the artic ocean via great slave lake,great bear lake & bloody falls (named by hearne re. massacre witnessed against the inuit by Matonabbee`s group of dene, cree

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