The Discovery of the North-West Passage

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857 - Northwest Passage - 405 pages
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Page 361 - Dootko-hi-calik) as its description, and that of the low shore in the neighbourhood of Point Ogle and Montreal Island agree exactly with that of Sir George Back. Some of the bodies...
Page 360 - Land, which is a large island. None of the party could speak the Esquimaux language intelligibly; but by signs the natives were made to understand that their ship, or ships, had been crushed by ice, and that they were now going to where they expected to find deer to shoot. From the appearance of the men, all of whom except one officer looked thin, they were then supposed to be getting short of provisions ; and they purchased a small seal from the natives. At a later date...
Page 362 - There appeared to have been an abundant stock of ammunition, as the powder was emptied in a heap on the ground by the natives out of the kegs or cases containing it ; and a quantity of ball and shot was found below high-water mark, having probably been left on the ice close to the beach.
Page 362 - There must have been a number of watches, compasses, telescopes, guns (several double-barrelled), &c., all of which appear to have been broken up, as I saw pieces of these different articles with the Esquimaux, and, together with some silver spoons and forks, purchased as many as I could get.
Page 290 - From his pace and gestures we both naturally supposed at first that he was some one of our party pursued by a bear, but as we approached him doubts arose as to who it could be. He was certainly...
Page 326 - I will not anticipate, it will then be quite unnecessary to penetrate farther to the westward for our relief, as by the period that any vessel could reach that port we must, from want of provisions, all have perished ; in such a case, I would submit that the officer may be directed to return, and 327 by no means incur the danger of losing other lives in quest of those who will then be no more.
Page 403 - M'Clure's orders, was sawn from a trunk sticking out of a ravine, and which is now exhibited. It measures 3 feet 6 inches in circumference. Still more interesting is the cone of one of these Fir-trees which he brought home, and which apparently belongs to an Abies resembling A.
Page 361 - From the mutilated state of many of the corpses, and the contents of the kettles, it is evident that our wretched countrymen had been driven to the last resource — cannibalism — as a means of prolonging existence.
Page 400 - My chief object now is to call attention to the remarkable fact of the occurrence of considerable quantities of wood, capable of being used for fuel or other purposes, which exist in the interior, and on the high grounds of large islands in latitudes where the dwarf willow is now the only living shrub. Before I allude to this pheenomenon, as brought to my notice by Capt.
Page xxx - IM h other, when in company. Our expedition, from the period of leaving England, was not a combined expedition, as may be seen from the foregoing pages, although the Admiralty orders admitted of but one interpretation on the subject, which ran as follows : — - We deem it right to caution you against suffering the two vessels placed under your orders to separate, except in the event of accident or unavoidable necessity.

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