Rorke Bryan will be hosting an exclusive Book Launch and Talk in the Royal St. George Yacht Club next Wednesday, 14th March to launch his new book, 'Ordeal by Ice - Ships of the Antarctic' which is the first lavishly illustrated book to explore all expeditions to the Antarctic and promises to lead each reader on remarkable voyages of discovery. 

Surrounded by some of the most hazardous seas, Antarctica was first sighted less than three centuries ago. Since then, hundreds of ships have voyaged in Antarctic waters, challenged by poorly-charted waters, storms, pack ice, icebergs, and disease.

This is the story of these ships, the expeditions they supported, and their subsequent history, from the fifteenth-century fleets of the Ming Emperors of China to the tourist ships and powerful icebreakers of today. Using extensive research in archives, museums, libraries and private sources around the world, Rorke Bryan brings the stories of these ships into a single, comprehensive record. Familiar names such as Terra Nova and Endurance feature with unfamiliar but equally important ships. From the hundreds of tales of heroic seamanship, the extraordinary 1830-1832 circumnavigation by Captain John Biscoe in the tiny Tula is perhaps matched only by Shackleton's voyage in the James Caird. Plans, photos, paintings and maps enhance description of the expeditions and activities of the ships.

This authoritative work fills an important gap in Antarctic literature. 'Ordeal By Ice' is published by Collins Press to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Scott and Amundsen’s journeys to the South Pole.

This will be the only launch of this book in Dublin. All welcome to attend. 

Begins at 7pm with a Meet & Greet in the Bar. The Talk will begin at 8pm. All welcome. Please book with Sonja in the Royal St. George Yacht Club on 01 280 1811 Ext. 7 or email

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