A welcome account of personal discovery, of involuntary Arctic exploration. There is youthful exuberance, there is hilarity that lightens the historical and geographical inclusions, there are vivid pictures of shipboard and shore life. Pocock was- during the war- with the Greenland Patrol, introduced to the Arctic in Coast Guard Service, as ""cowboy to icebergs"". Adventure and misadventure -- the men of the Laurel at work and play; missions on land, experiences with Eskimos and residents, mountain climbing, hunting, fishing, and so on. Winner of the Serviceman's Prize Contest.