A Whaling Cruise to Baffin's Bay and the Gulf of Boothia; And an Account of the Rescue of the the Crew of the "Polaris."

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 164 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...magnetic pole, as to be rendered nearly useless. At about four the fog suddenly lifted, exposing to our view land along heport beam, and precipitous cliffs immediately ahead, and within half a mile! It. seemed a providential escape! My own predictions were fully realized; we had been steering to the westward, and the bold, steep land ahead was Leopold Island. At six o'clock the sun broke out bright and strong, so much so as to make it unpleasantly warm walking the deck; but the abominable fog still clung to the land, and, as if sorry for indulging us with a glimpse of Leopold Island, again wrapped its impervious mantle around it. 7.30 P.m.--The fog cleared up, exposing to our 164 Off Port Leopold. view the east land of North Somerset. No ice was in sight, but a blink was observed ahead. The land along the coast appears steep and precipitous, though sloping down in places towards the water's edge. It is lofty table land, and its height I should estimate to be from three to four hundred feet above the level of the sea. The easternmost point of Leopold Island is very abrupt, and from the southward appears to be an overhanging cliff; so also Cape Clarence. We passed close to Port Leopold, where Sir James Ross wintered in '48; it seems a snug winter harbour, but, though I looked long and attentively, I failed to see any indication of the depot supposed to exist there. Cape Seppings, which forms the southern extreme of Port Leopold, slopes down to the water, and is hardly deserving the name of a cape. The east point of Leopold Island is a very prominent feature, and if named would be of some use. 9 P. M.--Again we are enveloped in thick fog, and I am thankful for the brief glimpse of land I have had. A short distance from the north of Elwin Bay we came...

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