The Gateway to the Polynia: A Voyage to Spitzbergen

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H.S. King, 1876 - Arctic regions - 355 pages
 

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Page 57 - Within a long recess there lies a bay : An island shades it from the rolling sea, And forms a port secure for ships to ride : Broke by the jutting land on either side, In double streams the briny waters glide...
Page 184 - Ye who love the haunts of Nature, Love the sunshine of the meadow, Love the shadow of the forest, Love the wind among the branches, And the rain-shower and the snowstorm, And the rushing of great rivers Through their palisades of pinetrees, And the thunder in the mountains, Whose innumerable echoes Flap like eagles in their eyries; — Listen to these wild traditions, To this Song of Hiawatha!
Page 188 - On the coast of the opposite shore was a wall built of large stones, just above the high-water level, about three feet in height, and of considerable thickness. At the bottom, on both sides of it, alternate stones had been left out, so as to form a series of square. compartments for the Ducks to nest in.
Page 131 - Fabricius thought that it was to keep the holes open in the ice during the winter ; and the following occurrence seems to support this view. . In April, 1860, a Greenlander was travelling along the ice in the vicinity of Christianshaab, and discovered one of these opeu spaces in the ice, which, even in the most severe winters, remain open.
Page 297 - ... which is common in all snowy countries. We also thus enjoyed greater warmth during the hours of rest, and had a better chance of drying our clothes; besides which, no small advantage was derived from the snow being harder at night for travelling. The only disadvantage of this plan was that the fogs were somewhat more frequent and more thick by night than by day, though even in this respect there was less difference than might have been supposed, the temperature during the twentyfour hours undergoing...
Page 310 - ... 5", or not quite four miles to the northward of yesterday's observation, instead of the ten or eleven which we had travelled ! However, we determined to continue to the last our utmost exertions, though we could never once encourage the men by assuring them of our making good progress, and, setting out at seven in the evening, soon found that our hope of having permanently reached better ice was not to be realized ; for the floe on which we slept was so full of hummocks, that it occupied us just...
Page 298 - Had we succeeded in reaching the higher latitudes, where the change of the sun's altitude during the twenty-four hours is still less perceptible, it would have been essentially necessary to possess the certain means of knowing this ; since an error of twelve hours of time would have carried us, when we intended to return, on a meridian opposite to, or 180 from, the right one. To obviate the poisibility of this, we had some chronometers constructed by Messrs.
Page 215 - ... and hayle in the ayre: nor the unequall seas, which might amaze the hearer, and amate the beholder, where the Tritons and Neptune's selfe would quake with chilling feare...
Page 263 - Samoyede*. extent, which being passed, there was another extending far. These Samoyedes being questioned, if they were subject to the great Czar of Moscovy, replied, that they knew nothing of him. They spoke, however, of Petzora and Pitzano, places which belonged to the Russians, as known to them. Among a wandering unsettled people like the Samoyedes, it would naturally happen that some might be made to acknowledge themselves subject to the Russians, and others remain long in perfect ignorance of...
Page 297 - This travelling by night and sleeping by day so completely inverted the natural order of things, that it was difficult to persuade ourselves of the reality. Even the officers and myself, who were all furnished with pocket chronometers, could not always bear in mind at what part of the twen. ty-four hours we had arrived...

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