The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin: A Personal Narrative

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Harper, 1854 - Arctic regions - 552 pages
Narrative by the surgeon of the expedition of the Advance and the Rescue, 1850-51, to Lancaster Sound and Wellington Channel, commanded by Edwin J. De Haven.

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Page 181 - NW from our position, terminated abruptly in an elevated cape, to which I have given the name of Manning, after a warm personal friend and ardent supporter of the expedition. Between Cornwallis Island and some distant high land visible in the north appeared a wide channel leading to the westward. A dark misty-looking cloud which hung over it (technically termed frost smoke] was indicative of much open water in that direction.
Page 489 - ... a long period to become liberated from this cause alone. More was expected from our southerly drift, which still continued, and must soon carry us into a milder climate and open sea. On the 19th of May, the land about Cape Searle was made out, the first that we had seen since passing Cape "Walter...
Page 486 - With the kindest consideration, and the most cheerful alacrity, he volunteered to perform the executive duties during the winter, and relieve me from every thing that might tend in the least to retard my recovery. " During the remainder of December, the ice remained quiet immediately around us, and breaks were all strongly cemented by new ice. In our neighborhood, however, cracks were daily visible. Our drift to the eastward averaged nearly six miles per day ; so that on the last of the month we...
Page 473 - Access to an open Polar Sea, in connection with the search after Sir John Franklin and his companions.
Page 486 - ... neighborhood, however, cracks were daily visible. Our drift to the eastward averaged nearly six miles per day, so that on the last of the month we were at the entrance of the sound, Cape Osborn bearing north from us. January, 1851. On passing out of the sound, and opening Baffin's Bay, to the north was seen a dark horizon, indicating much open water in that direction. On the llth a crack took place between us and the Rescue, passing close under our stern.
Page 239 - All our eatables became laughably consolidated, and after different fashions, requiring no small experience before we learned to manage the peculiarities of their changed condition. Thus, dried apples became one solid breccial mass of impacted angularities, a conglomerate of sliced chalcedony. Dried peaches the same. To get these out of the barrel, or the barrel out of them, was a matter impossible. We found, after many trials, that the shortest and best plan was to cut up both fruit and barrel by...
Page 486 - ... single desponding look among the whole crew: on the contrary, each one seemed resolved to do his whole duty, and every thing went on cheerily and bravely. For my own part, I had become quite an invalid, so much so as to prevent my taking an active part in the duties of the vessel as I had always done, or even from incurring the exposure necessary to proper exercise. However, I felt no...
Page 487 - AM Every moment I expected the vessel would be crushed or overwhelmed by the massive ice forced up far above our bulwarks. The Rescue being further removed on the other side of the crack from the line of crushing, and being firmly imbedded in heavy ice, I was in hopes would remain undisturbed.
Page 487 - We had the misfortune to find sad havoc had been made among the stores and provisions left on the ice; and few barrels were recovered; but a large portion were crushed and had disappeared. " On the morning of the 14th there was again some motion in the floes. That on the port side moved off from the vessel two or three feet and there became stationary. This left the vessel entirely detached from the ice round the water line, and it was expected she would once more resume an upright position. In this,...

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