Among the Northern Icebergs

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Pacific Press Publishing Company, 1890 - Arctic regions - 158 pages
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Page 141 - W., after having ascended Wellington Channel to lat. 77, and returned by the west side of Cornwallis Island. Sir John Franklin commanding the expedition. All well. Party consisting of 2 officers and 6 men left the ships on Monday 24th May, 1847.
Page 106 - Oot-ko-hi-ca-lik), as its description and that of the low shore in the neighbourhood of Point Ogle and Montreal Island agree exactly with that of Sir George Back. Some of the bodies...
Page 142 - June, 1847; and the total loss by deaths in the expedition has been to this date 9 officers and 15 men. (Signed) James Fitzjames, Captain HMS Erebus. (Signed) FRM Crozier, Captain and Senior Officer. and start (on) to-morrow, 26th, for Back's Fish River.
Page 72 - I must beg of you to give them the benefit of your advice and experience when that arrives, for you know well, that even after the second winter, without success in our object, we should wish to try some other channel, if the state of our provisions, and the health of the crews, justify it.
Page 103 - ... and had he but given us a glimpse of a tail or a cloven hoof, we should assuredly have taken to our legs; as it was, we gallantly stood our ground, and, had the skies fallen upon us, we could hardly have been more astonished than when the dark-faced stranger called out, — 'I'm Lieutenant Pirn, late of the Herald, and now in the Resolute. Captain Kellett is in her at Dealy Island!
Page 143 - ... the boat's side. It may be imagined with what deep interest these sad relics were scrutinised, and how anxiously every fragment of clothing was turned over in search of pockets and pocket-books, journals, or even names. Five or six small books were found, all of them scriptural or devotional works, except the 'Vicar of Wakefield.
Page 116 - ... forehead ploughing up the lesser ice, as if in scorn. The bergs encroached upon us as we advanced ; our channel narrowed to a width of, perhaps, forty feet ; we braced the yards to clear the impending...
Page 105 - Land, which is a large island. None of the party could speak the Esquimaux language intelligibly, but by signs the natives were made to understand that their ship, or ships, had been crushed by ice, and that they were now going to where they expected to find deer to shoot. From the appearance of the men, all of whom...
Page 54 - I should have had little hesitation in any former period of my life, at plunging into water even below 38 Fahrenheit; but at this time I was reduced almost to skin and bone, and, like the rest of the party, suffered from degrees of cold that would have been disregarded in health and vigour.
Page 143 - But all these were after observations; there was that in the boat which transfixed us with awe. It was portions of two human skeletons. One was that of a slight young person ; the other of a large, strongly-made, middle-aged man. The former was found in the bow of the boat, but in too much disturbed a state to enable Hobson to judge whether the sufferer had died there ; large and powerful animals, probably wolves, had destroyed much of this skeleton, which may have been that of an...

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