The Other Side of the Ice: One Family's Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passageby Sprague Theobald, Allan Kreda
Sprague Theobald, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert sailor with over 40,000 offshore miles under his belt, always considered the Northwest Passagethe sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacificthe ultimate uncharted territory. Since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906, only
Sprague Theobald, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and expert sailor with over 40,000 offshore miles under his belt, always considered the Northwest Passagethe sea route connecting the Atlantic to the Pacificthe ultimate uncharted territory. Since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906, only twenty-four pleasure craft have followed in his wake. Many more people have gone into space than have traversed the Passage, and a staggering number have died trying. From his home port of Newport, Rhode Island, through the Passage and around Alaska to Seattle, it would be an 8,500-mile trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears, and severe weather.
What Theobald couldn’t have known was just how life-changing his journey through the Passage would be. Reuniting his children and stepchildren after a bad divorce more than fifteen years earlier, the family embarks with unanswered questions, untold hurts, and unspoken mistrusts hanging over their heads. Unrelenting cold, hungry polar bears, and a haunting landscape littered with sobering artifacts from the tragic Franklin Expedition of 1845, as well as personality clashes that threaten to tear the crew apart, make The Other Side of the Ice a harrowing story of survival, adventure, and, ultimately, redemption.
“Theobald writes movingly of bringing together his adult children to join him as they sail from RI, to Seattle. The trip takes them into history as they revisit the last known locations of the doomed Franklin Expedition of 1845 ... revealing just how tenuous relationships can be in what is undeniably a thrilling voyage.”
- Skyhorse Publishing
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 6.40(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.98(d)
Meet the Author
Sprague Theobald has received both national and international recognition for his writing, producing, cinematography,
and editing. Sprague’s résumé includes twelve-meter racing in the America’s Cup arena, several transatlantic races, one of which was the Two Man Transatlantic Race, a complete circumnavigation of North America, and over 40,000 offshore miles. He lives and works out of Newport, Rhode Island.
Allan Kreda spent almost two decades with the Associated Press and Bloomberg News in New York, where he covered money and banking, the National Hockey League, and the sports media business. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
A powerful and wonderful documentary of a life changing journey. Sprague Theobald and his crew record the events of his quest to encounter the Northwest Passage, deadly ice, polar bears, Alaska storms bringing 12-15 foot waves crashing over the deck, rocky cliffs, and blinding fog. I felt like I was riding alongside his crew experiencing every part of the journey. At times I had to put the book down to escape the stories grip of danger and suffocating fear. I am honored to have joined his family. Theobald documents unimaginable odds, perils of the certainty of death almost at hand for the entire crew, the summoning of strength and determination from the depths of each crew members' soul to confront enormous power that out weighed them and pulled them together not only as a crew, but as a family reunited. Theobald, a pioneer in his own right, adds layers of depth to his expedition offering inserts of maritime history of failed, deadly attempts to navigate the Northwest Passage as he has done on a comparatively "small" vessel and short period of time. A book I am proud to own 2 copies of, one in my home office the other in the cabin of my families' cabin cruiser as we venture out on the waters. I loved every page! Thank you Sprague.
As a merchant marine captain, who has sailed Arctic and Antarctic waters I find the accounts of weather and ice completely credible. The impersonal malevolence of the frozen latitudes is something one never forgets; it completely overwhelms the pristine pastel beauty. The message that is often overlooked by those who romanticize the sea are the extreme day to day difficulties of living with different personalities while under unusual stress. In addition, the debilitating effects of sleep deprivation cannot be exaggerated. Through my eyes this was a foolish venture, with a fortunate outcome. However, it is well recorded and a very good read.