Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition (1); During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Nature - 314 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1852. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... pleasant, and we could dispense with our winter clothing--a relief which the whole of the crew seemed to enjoy. It was the reverse with me; I had a feeling of exhaustion and lassitude that I could not account for, and the least exertion caused me much fatigue. On the 9th we reached the latitude of Cape Howe, and were seventy miles to the eastward of it. We there experienced a rise in the temperature of the water: six degrees in less than an hour. On the 10th, when off Cape Jervis, and about forty miles to the eastward of it, we again changed the temperature from 68 to 73, as we steered in for the land to the northward, but on hauling to the eastward it again fell to 68 . A strong southerly current has been long known to exist along this coast; and I feel well satisfied that the thermometer is a good guide in making the passage from the southward. The coasting vessels, as I was informed at Sydney, had frequently made long passages from Van Diemen's Land and South Australia, which I have but little doubt is owing to the prevalence of this minor gulf stream, the position of which the use of the thermometer DEGREESwill clearly indicate. This current will be noticed particularly in the chapter on currents; its width no doubt varies with the season. On the 11th of March, at noon, we passed the Heads of Port Jackson, and took a pilot. "We were, as a body, in better condition than when we left Sydney three months before. -** In an hour afterwards we dropped our anchor in Farm Cove off Fort Macquarie. Our reception was flattering; scarcely was our anchor well down before many of our friends came on board to bid us welcome; and we felt tenfold that kind hospitality which on our former visit we had first become acquainted with. They appeared to rejoice in our su...

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