Voyages Round the World: With Selected Sketches of Voyages to the South Seas, North and South Pacific Oceans, China, Etc. Performed Under the Command and Agency of the Author. Also, Information Relating to Important Late Discoveries; Between the Years 1792 and 1832

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Collins & Hannay, 1833 - Discoveries in geography - 499 pages

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Page 224 - ... which were of a light dun color, the wings and tail being both of a jet black, and the last tipped off with white; it was a most beautiful and lovely bird, with its brilliant and richly variegated plumage. We were much chagrined, while observing these, to see a man-of-war hawk flying by with one in his mouth, apparently having just caught it.
Page 487 - ... not less than 100,000 newly-born young died in consequence of the destruction of their mothers." (See Elliott's Report, 1884, p. 118.) In 1830 the supply of fur-seals in the South Seas had so greatly decreased that the vessels engaged in this enterprise "generally made losing voyages, from the fact that those, places which were the resort of seals had been abandoned by them.
Page 479 - ... arrived at the third appointed rendezvous. Both vessels making the best of their way for Port Hatches, at the island of Staten Land, in the vicinity of Cape Horn, where we wooded and watered; and in taking our departure from Port Hatches, on...
Page 437 - Americans,' continued he, very flatteringly. His astonishment was yet more increased, when Captain Palmer informed him of the existence of an immense extent of land to the south, whose mountains might be seen from the masthead when the fog should clear away entirely. Captain Palmer, while on board the frigate, was entertained in the most friendly manner, and the commodore was so forcibly struck with the circumstances of the case, that he named the coast then to the south, Palmer's Land ; by this...
Page 437 - The commodore thanked him kindly, "but previous to our being enveloped in the fog," said he, "we had sight of those islands, and concluded we had made a discovery, but behold when the fog lifts, to my great surprise, here is an American vessel apparently in as fine order as if it were but yesterday she had left the United States; not only this, but her master is ready to pilot my vessels into port. We must surrender the palm to you Americans," continued he, very flatteringly.
Page 435 - Island, during the season of 1 820 and 1821, being on the look-out from an elevated station, on the mountain of the island during a very clear day, he had discovered mountains (one a volcano in operation) in the south ; this was what is now known by the name of Palmer's Land. From the statement it will be perceived how this name came deservedly to be given it, and by which it is now current in the modern charts. To examine this newly discovered land, Captain NB Palmer, in the slope Hero, a vessel...
Page 434 - Shetlands [Fanning writes]"ja fleet of vessels, consisting of the brig Frederick, Captain Benjamin Pendleton, the senior commander, the brig Hersilia, Captain James P. Sheffield, schooners Express, Captain E. Williams, Free Gift, Captain F. Dunbar, and sloop Hero, Captain NB Palmer, was fitted out at Stonington, Connecticut, on a voyage to the South Shetlands. From Captain Pendleton's report, as rendered on their return, it appeared that while the fleet lay at anchor in Yankee Harbor, Deception Island,...
Page 436 - These ships he then found to be the two discovery ships sent out by the Emperor Alexander of Russia, on a voyage round the world. To the commodore's interrogatory if he had any knowledge of those islands then in sight, and what they were, Captain P. replied, he was well acquainted with them, and that they were the South Shetlands...
Page 440 - The valleys and gulleys were mainly filled with those never-dissolved icebergs, their square and perpendicular fronts, several hundred feet in height, glistening most splendidly in a variety of colors as the sun shone upon them. The mountains on the coast, as well as those to all appearance in the interior, were generally covered with snow, except when their black peaks were seen here and there peeping out.
Page 435 - On the Hero's return passage to Yankee Harbor she got becalmed in a thick fog between the South Shetlands and the newly discovered continent, but nearest the former. When this began to clear away, Captain Palmer was surprised to find his little bark between a frigate and sloop of war, and instantly run up the United States flag; the frigate and sloop of war then set the Russian colors.

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