‘Madhouse at the End of the Earth’: A 19th-century voyage to Antarctica
26 May 2023 | 7:46 am
It's a story of ambition, mutiny, heroism and survival; a voyage that swiftly descended into a nightmare at sea; a grueling test of endurance that lasted 13 months, pushing the crew of the Belgica whaling ship to the depths of despair and even madness.
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