In 1880 a young medical student named Arthur Conan Doyle embarked
upon the “first real outstanding adventure” of his life, taking a
berth as ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler, the Hope. The
voyage took him to unknown regions, showered him with dramatic
and unexpected experiences, and plunged him into dangerous work
on the ice floes of the Arctic seas. He tested himself, overcame
the hardships, and, as he wrote later, “came of... more...