David Hirzel

by the Pacific Ocean.  Photo by Jean Bartlett
Presenting on a cruise ship

David Hirzel  is co-author of When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic“. 

David is a maritime historian, author, and small business owner living in California.

Author of a 3-part biography of Tom Crean

His polar books include a 3-part polar biography of the Irish explorer Tom Crean, a key player in Scott’s and Shackleton’s expeditions.  David’s book Sailor on Ice has been optioned for a documentary.

Lecturing on Cruise ships

David is a popular lecturer for Viking and Windstar Cruise Lines. His broad expertise covers Antarctic exploration, wooden ships, maritime adventures and Vikings.

Contact information for talks and media

David is honored to be represented by Diana Boulter of DBA Speakers.  

Books by David Hirzel

  • A Brief History of the Livie Boatworks of Dundee,
    David Hirzel, (Terra Nova Press, 2016)
  • Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s Discovery Expedition 1901-1904,
    David Hirzel, (Terra Nova Press, 2015)
  • Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton in the Antarctic 1914-1916,
    David Hirzel (Terra Nova Press, 2013)
  • Sailor on Ice: Tom Crean with Scott in the Antarctic 1910-1913,
    David Hirzel, (Terra Nova Press, 2011)
Books by David Hirzel

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