If you have, like me, the unique opportunity to travel far south of New Zealand in the Antarctic, you will meet places/names such as Ross Sea, Ross Shelf, Mount Erebus (second highest volcano in Antarctica), Mount Terror, Cape Crozier, McMurdo Sound and others.
If you read this book, the history of the places/names comes to life. Two ships, “Erebus” and “Terror”, left London in 1839. The expedition was under the command of James Clark Ross, who commanded the “Erebus”. The second highest officer was Francis Crozier, who commanded the “terror”. Archibald McMurdo served as an officer on the “Terror”. They wanted to sail as far south as possible and to carry out scientific studies. They sailed into the McMurdo Sound and to the Ross Shelf. The expedition lasted 4 years. In 1843 the two ships came back to London.
The book is dedicated to the history of “Erebus” and, in my opinion, was excellently researched and written by former Monty Python member Michael Palin.
The expedition to the Antarctic was very successful. The two ships were selected to find the northwest passage. Both ships sank in 1846.