One of my cherished books is “The Open Polar Sea,” by Isaac Hayes, MD, 1867. From the time I first met Dr. Hayes through his narrative, I have read his book from cover-to-cover several times. I tweet Hayes as @openpolarsea from a well-worn 1867 first edition. As an “OPS” follower tweeted, “Books should not be used as furniture.” If interested, please follow for a while. During this “golden age” of 19 th century exploration, the ocean, the Arctic, and Dr. Hayes (and his contemporary explorers) are inseparable – and are essential readings.