August 23, 2015 1:00 AM

Reader’s Corner: A riveting true tale of heroism and hardship in the far north

As thousands of spectators cheered, the USS Jeannette left San Francisco Bay in the summer of 1879 and headed northward toward the unknown. Its ambitious destination: the North Pole, a place that had captured the imagination of 19th century scientists, explorers and the public but that remained shrouded in mystery and wild scientific speculation.

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