Owen Matthews Owen Matthews

Journey to the end of the world: the full horror of the Belgica’s Antarctic expedition

Julian Sancton captures the nightmare quality of Adrien de Gerlache’s epic misadventure — of madness, scurvy, starvation, mutiny and of survival against the odds

The Belgica, stuck in pack ice. [Getty Images]

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