No Man's Land: a history of Spitsbergen from its discovery in 1596 to the beginning of the scientific exploration of the country

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The University press, 1906 - Spitsbergen Island (Norway) - 377 pages

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Page 281 - July we saw one continued plain of smooth unbroken ice, bounded only by the horizon; and we fastened to a piece of ice that was eight yards eleven inches thick. We had generally sunshine, and constant daylight; which gave cheerfulness and novelty to the whole of this striking, grand, and uncommon scene; and, to heighten it still more, the reflection of the sun from the ice gave the...
Page 283 - I then first knew, maintained his kindest friendship and regard to the last moment of his life. When the boats were fitting out to quit the two Ships blocked up in the ice, I exerted myself to have the command of a four-oared cutter raised upon, which was given me, with twelve men ; and I prided myself in fancying I could navigate her better than any other boat in the Ship.
Page 282 - Lutwidge, though he could not but admire so daring a disposition, reprimanded him rather sternly for such rashness, and for conduct so unworthy of the situation he occupied ; and desired to know what motive he could have for hunting a bear ? Being thought by his captain to have acted in a manner unworthy of his situation, made a deep impression on the high-minded cockswain ; who, pouting his lip, as he was wont to do when agitated, replied, ' Sir, I wished to kill the bear, that I might carry its...
Page 296 - ... were performed by water, previously to our entering the ice. As we travelled by far the greater part of our distance on the ice three, and not unfrequently five times over, we may safely multiply the length of the road by two and a half ; so that our whole distance, on a very moderate calculation, amounted to five hundred and eighty geographical, or six hundred and sixty-eight statute miles, being nearly sufficient to have reached the Pole in a direct line.
Page 282 - do but let me get a blow at this devil with the butt-end of my musket, and we shall have him.
Page 6 - ... day and night, with the points, and observations of the lands, tides, elements, altitude of the sunne, course of the moon and starres, and the same so noted by the order of the Master and Pilot of every ship to be put in writing, the...
Page 286 - The prospect was most extensive and grand. A " fine sheltered bay was seen to the east of us, an arm " of the same on the north-east, and the sea whose " glassy surface was unruffled by a breeze, formed an " immense expanse on the west ; the icebergs rearing " their proud crests almost to the tops of mountains " between which they were lodged, and defying the " power of the solar beams, were scattered in various " directions about the sea-coast and in the adjoining 314 LETTERS FROM HIGH LATITUDES.
Page 16 - I had made touching our voiage, and we had some discussion about it; at last he laid away the card and spake unto me, saying, Gerrit, give me some drinke ; and he had no sooner drunke but he was taken with so sodain a...
Page 55 - ... as we presentlie made tryall and tasted. For, finding ther (as ther is in all places of the countreye) great store of driftwood...
Page 22 - Having faire wind wee coasted it in a very pleasing smooth sea, and had no ground at an hundred fathoms, foure leagues from the shoare. This day at noone, wee accounted we were in 78. degrees, and we stood along the shoare. This day was so foggie, that we were hardly able to see the Land many times, but by our account we were neare Vogel Hooke. About eight of the clocke this Eevening, we purposed to shape our course from thence North-west.

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