A Brief Narrative of an Unsuccessful Attempt to Reach Repulse Bay: Through Sir Thomas Rowe's "Welcome," in His Majesty's Ship Griper, in the Year MDCCCXXIV.

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J. Murray, 1825 - Arctic regions - 198 pages
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Page 78 - Never, perhaps, was witnessed a finer scene than on the deck of my little ship, when all the hope of life had left us. Noble as the character of the British sailor is always allowed to be in cases of danger ; yet I did not believe it to be possible, that, amongst fortyone persons, not one repining word should have been uttered.
Page 68 - As the snow-bunting has all the domestic virtues of our English redbreast, it has always been considered by us as the robin of these dreary wilds ; and its lively chirp and fearless confidence have rendered it respected by the most hungry sportsmen.
Page 77 - Every man, therefore, brought his bag on deck, and dressed himself, and in the fine athletic forms which stood exposed before me, I did not see one muscle quiver, nor the slightest sign of alarm. The officers...
Page 98 - Never shall I forget the dreariness of this most anxious night. Our ship pitched at such a rate, that it was not possible to stand even below, while on deck we were unable to move without holding by ropes which were stretched from side to side. The drift snow...
Page 78 - ... the ship received. We found by the well that she made no water, and by dark she struck no more. God was merciful to us, and the tide, almost miraculously, fell no lower.
Page 102 - Sept. fore trysail gaff went in the slings, but we were unable to lower it, on account of the amazing force of the wind, and every rope being encrusted with a thick coating of ice.
Page 99 - The hurricane blew with such violence as to be perfectly deafening ; and the heavy wash of the sea made it difficult to reach the mainmast, where the officer of the watch and his people sat shivering, completely cased in frozen snow, under a small tarpaulin, before which ropes were stretched to preserve them in their places. I never beheld a darker night, and its gloom was increased by the rays of a small horn lantern which was suspended from the mizen stay to show where the people eat.
Page 76 - ... length of her keel. This, we naturally conceived, was the forerunner of her total wreck, and we stood in readiness to take the boats, and endeavour to hang under her lee. She continued to strike with sufficient force to have burst any less fortified vessel, at intervals of a few minutes, whenever an unusually heavy sea passed us. And, as the water was so shallow, these might almost be called breakers with their waves, for each, in passing, burst with great force over our gangways ; and as every...
Page 65 - Several other long spars of bone were lying round in the same smoky state; and as no wood is procured in this desolate region, they may be considered as the store timber of the poor Esquimaux. Eight or ten double piles of stones, for the purpose of supporting canoes, were erected along the beach; and farther inland stood six large bone, or winter, huts, in a very dirty dilapidated state; and as mosses and grasses were growing on their seats and sleeping places, they must have been long forsaken....
Page 99 - During the whole of this time, streams of heavy ice continued to drive down upon us, any one of which, had it hung for a moment against the cables, would have broken them, and at the same time have allowed the bowsprit to pitch on it and be destroyed. The masts would have followed this, for we were all so exhausted, and the ship was so coated with ice, that nothing could have been done to save them. " We all lay down, at times, during the night — for to have remained constantly on deck would have...

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