Madhouse at the End off the Earth

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August 1897. The Belgica set sail, eager to become the first scientific expedition to reach the white wilderness of the South Pole. But the ship soon became stuck fast in the ice of the Bellinghausen sea, condemning the ship's crew to overwintering in Antarctica and months of endless polar night.

In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness, their minds ravaged by the sound of dozens of rats teeming in the hold, they descended into madness.

Drawing on first-hand crew diaries and journals, and exclusive access to the ship's logbook, in this epic tale Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure gone horribly wrong. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, this is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

Julian Sancton


330 pages