Arctic Explorations and Discoveries During the Nineteenth Century: Being Detailed Accounts of the Several Expeditions to the North Seas, Both English and American, Conducted by Ross, Parry, Back, Franklin, M'Clure, and Others, Including the First Grinnell Expedition, Under Lieutenant De Haven, and the Final Effort in Search of Sir John Franklin
Samuel Mosheim Smucker
Miller, Orton, 1857 - Arctic regions - 517 pages
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Page 318 - Venerable, off the coast of Holland, the i2th of October, by log (nth1 three PM Camperdown ESE eight mile. Wind N. by E. Sir, I have the pleasure to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that...
Page 73 - Previous to setting out the whole party ate the remains of their old shoes and whatever scraps of leather they had to strengthen their stomachs for the fatigue of the day's journey.
Page 130 - Never perhaps was witnessed a finer scene than on the deck of my little ship, when all hope of life had left us. Noble as the character of the British sailor is always allowed to be, in cases of danger, yet I did not believe it to be possible, that among forty-one persons, not one repining word should have been uttered.
Page 73 - It would be impossible for me to describe our sensations after entering this miserable abode, and discovering how we had been neglected : the whole party shed tears, not so much for our own fate, as for that of our friends in the rear, whose lives depended entirely on our sending immediate relief from this place.
Page 89 - An Act for more effectually discovering the longitude at sea, and encouraging attempts to find a northern passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and to approach the North Pole.
Page 200 - A rugged shell emboss'd with sea-weed shines. From age to age increased with annual snow, This new Mont Blanc among the clouds may glow, Whose conic peak, that earliest greets the dawn, And latest from the sun's shut eye withdrawn, Shall from the zenith, through incumbent gloom, Burn like a lamp upon this naval tomb. But when th...
Page 210 - I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that her Majesty's ships Erebus and Terror...
Page 78 - London, had been furnished with a small collection of religious books, of which we still retained two or three of the most portable, and they proved of incalculable benefit to us. We read portions of them to each other as we lay in bed, in addition to the morning and evening service, and found that they inspired us on each perusal with so strong a sense of the omnipresence of a beneficent God that our situation even in these wilds appeared no longer destitute, and we conversed not only with calmness...
Page 82 - Upon entering the now desolate building, we had the satisfaction of embracing Captain Franklin, but no words can convey an idea of the filth and wretchedness that met our eyes on looking around. Our own misery had stolen upon us by degrees, and we were accustomed to the contemplation of each other's emaciated figures, but the ghastly countenances, dilated eye-balls, and sepulchral voices of Mr. Franklin and those with him, were more than we could at first bear.