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27 Apr 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Arthur Beale are delighted to be able to confirm that Jane Maufe will be giving an illustrated presentation about her recent experience sailing with David Scott Cowper through the most Northern of the Northwest Passages.
Jane Maufe is the four times great niece of Sir John Franklin, who was lost (along with his 129 crew) trying to chart and navigate a route through the Northwest Passage in 1845. Jane and David achieved the first ever transit through the most northerly route and it was the first by a woman. Leaving Northern Ireland in August, it took them just under 20 days to reach Alaska via the McClure Strait.
David Scott Cowper is an unsung British seafarer who holds several records. He was the first man to sail solo around the world in both directions, and the first to circumnavigate the world via the Northwest Passage singlehandedly – a journey that took over 4 years.
The Northwest Passage proved so elusive for so long that many sailors and explorers believed it didn’t actually exist. A sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic archipelago, it wasn’t until Roald Amundsen’s 1903–06 voyage that the Northwest Passage’s existence was finally proved, but the transit is treacherous and entirely dependent upon the ice giving up its grip for sufficient time to allow vessels through. This is not a journey undertaken by average sailors in small private boats.
But David Scott Cowper is no ordinary sailor. There are seven possible routes through the Northwest Passage, and the 73-year-old Cowper had sailed through six of them singlehanded. The Frozen Frontier is the account of the sixth and most northerly – from ocean to ocean through the McClure Strait, this time accompanied by Jane Maufe, his crew.
In Jane's new book The Frozen Frontier, she captures Cowper’s steely determination, resourcefulness in the face of adversity and humility in the wake of great achievement. As well as a captivating story of adventurous sailing it provides a fascinating insight into the relationship between two serious and dedicated sailors, alone together in some of the most isolated and forbidding desolate wastes on earth. It is a relationship built on respect and high expectations, mutual ambition and also self-sacrifice; the book is a uniquely revealing and charming account.
We charge a nominal £5.00 entry which is fully refunded if you purchase the book or indeed anything from the shop exceeding £20.00 in value.
The book will shortly be available for sale from our website so if you prefer to buy in advance you can still gain free entry by bringing your receipt.
The talk will start promptly at 19:00 in the Vestry Hall of St Giles in the Fields just over the road from the shop. It is not unknown for us to end up in the Angel Pub afterwards!