Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition (2; V. 5); During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842
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. 1845. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Timor, Lombock, and Angier, and westward to the Keeling Islands, including the coast of Java. On reference to the map illustrative of the currents and whalinggrounds, before referred to, it will be perceived how nearly these grounds coincide with the places wherein, according to the views already stated, the polar streams are obstructed by land or islands, so as either to interrupt their course, or create such an impediment as to change it. The Sooloo Sea is the only place that remains to be noticed. American ships, however, have seldom gone thither; but some English vessels are reported as having met with much success there. There are two routes by which our whale-ships can enter the Pacific: one by the Cape of Good Hope and round New Holland; the other, by Cape Horn. To take the first route, they ought generally to time their departure so as to meet the season off New Zealand in March, and this is also the best course for ships sailing in the autumn from the United States. They will then reach their whaling-ground at the earliest possible season, and place themselves at once in a situation to reap the harvest of which they are in search; and they would, in all probability, have time to refit and recruit after the outward voyage. This is much more important for insuring success in this employment than very many either of the masters or owners are aware. After a few days in port, and a supply of fresh vegetables, they would find both their ships and crews in a better condition to take the sea and keep it. After remaining six weeks or two months on the New Zealand Ground, until the winter season and boisterous weather approach, the vessels should pass to the northward, towards Sunday Island, and thence cruise to the eastward, between the latitudes of 22 and...
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