A Voyage of Discovery: Made Under the Orders of the Admiralty, in His Majesty's Ships Isabella and Alexander, for the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay, and Enquiring Into the Probability of a North-west Passage, Volume 2

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Strahan and Spottiswoode, 1819 - Baffin Bay
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Page 58 - You are hereby required and directed to proceed with the said two sloops directly to the Cape of Good Hope, unless you shall judge it necessary to stop at Madeira, the Cape de Verd or Canary Islands, to take in wine for the use of their companies; in which case you are at liberty to do so...
Page 72 - ... upon your arrival in England, you are immediately to repair to this office in order to lay before us a full account of your proceedings in the whole course of your voyage...
Page 66 - ... find it expedient to resort to this measure, and you should meet with any inhabitants, either Esquimaux or Indians, near the place where you winter, you are to endeavour by every means in your power to cultivate a friendship with them, by making them presents of such articles as you may be supplied with, and which may be useful or agreeable to them ; you will, however, take care not to suffer yourself to be surprised by them, but use every precaution, and be constantly on your guard against any...
Page 68 - ... force ; you will endeavour to ascertain how far the needle may be affected by the atmospherical electricity, and what effect may be produced on the electrometer and magnetic needle on the appearance of the Aurora Borealis.
Page 62 - ... case, it may be advisable to stand well to the northward, before you edge away to the westward, in order to get a good offing, in rounding the north-east point of the continent of America ; whose latitude has not been ascertained, but which, if a conjecture may be hazarded, from what is known from the northern coast of that continent, may perhaps be found in or about the 72d degree of latitude.
Page 60 - This current, if it be considerable, can scarcely be altogether supplied by streams from the land, or the melting of ice; there would, therefore, seem reason to suppose, that it may be derived from an open sea ; in which case, Baffin's Bay cannot be bounded by land, as our charts generally represent it, but must communicate with the Arctic Ocean. ' In passing up the Strait, if such a current should be discovered, it will be of the greatest importance to you, in pointing out that part of the Strait...
Page 57 - His royal Highness the Prince Regent having signified his pleasure to Viscount Melville, that an attempt should be made to discover a northern passage by sea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean...
Page 180 - Wollaston, who found it to contain from three tofaur per cent, of nickel ; and who remarks, " that it appears to differ in no respect from those masses of which so many have now been found on various parts of the surface of the earth ; and which, in some few instances from tradition, and in all, from the analysis, appear to be of meteoric origin.
Page 66 - If, however, all your endeavours should fail in getting so far to the westward as to enable you to double the north-eastern extremity of America, (round which these Instructions have hitherto supposed a passage to exist,) you are, in that case, to use all the means in your power, by keeping to the northward and eastward, to ascertain to what extent you can proceed along the western coast of Old Greenland : and whether there is any reason to suppose that it forms a part of the continent of America...
Page 60 - From the best information we have been able to obtain, it would appear that a current of some force runs from the northward, towards the upper part of Davis...

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