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The Stowaway:A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

In the late 1920s, New York City teenager Billy Gawronski anticipated a dull future. His father owned an upholstery business and slated Billy as his future partner. But when Billy heard of Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s intent to mount an expedition to Antarctica, he saw his way out. The 18-year-old was caught trying to sneak on board three times before he finally convinced Byrd to let him join as a mess boy. Exposed to new ports of call on his journey, Gawronski became the darling of the press, who caught wind of his story. Shapiro has revived this true story of a young man who captured the hearts of millions and found adventure at sea.