A Journal of a Voyage of Discovery to the Arctic Regions: In His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper, in the Years 1819 & 1820

Front Cover
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821 - Arctic regions - 320 pages
0 Reviews

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 7 - Island, have been regularly published on the daily weather maps issued at Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, together with forecasts of the force and direction of the wind and the state of the weather for the first three days out of steamers bound east from American ports.
Page 53 - There is another excellent method of strengthening this important connection between the ideas of crime and punishment; that is, to make the punishment as analogous as possible to the nature of the crime, in order that the punishment may lead the mind to consider the crime in a different point of view from that in which it was placed by the flattering idea of promised advantages.
Page 308 - Whoever finds this paper is requested to forward it to the Secretary of the Admiralty, London, with a note of the time and place at which it was found, or, if more convenient, to deliver it for that purpose to the British consul at the nearest port.
Page 242 - Two pieces," says Dr. Fisher, " that happened to come in contact close to us, pressed so forcibly against one another that one of them, although forty-two feet thick, and at least three times that in length and breadth, was forced up on its edge on the top of another piece of ice. But even this is nothing when compared with the pressure that must have existed to produce the effects that we see along the shore, for not only heaps of earth and stones several tons weight are forced up, but hummocks...
Page 95 - I have no doubt but the islands that we have passed lately are composed of the same kind of stone, for ever since we got amongst them the soundings have been found to consist of fine sand; whilst that brought up by the lead, when we were passing the high land to the eastward, consisted of soft mud that effervesced when touched with acid. The vegetation on this island was, when compared with what we have lately seen, rather luxuriant ; moss in particular grew in considerable abundance in the moist...
Page 67 - Whilst we were pursuing them to-day, I noticed a circumstance that appeared to me rather extraordinary at the time, and which I have not indeed been able to account for yet to my satisfaction. The thing alluded to, is a sort of whistling noise that these fish made when under the surface of the water ; it was very audible, and the only sound which I could compare it to, is that produced by passing a wet finger round the edge, or rim of a glass tumbler. It was most distinctly heard when they were coming...
Page 8 - Rockal; it looked at the distance we were from it (viz. between four and five leagues) exactly like a ship under sail : it was reported indeed by the person who first saw it to be a strange vessel. Its resemblance not only in form, but also its colour, tended to make the deception more complete, for it appeared to be perfectly white, a hue most probably produced by the excrement of birds. Our distance from it indeed was too great to enable us to speak with certainty on this head ; but, from the number...
Page 77 - ... to the dark rocks. We were, in truth, journeying along a winding gorge or valley, formed by the land on one side and the ice on the other ; for this ice-fringe rose about fifty feet above our heads, and, except here and there where a cleft gave us an outlook upon the sea, we were as completely hemmed in as if in a canon of the Cordilleras.
Page 193 - ... where we dined. Shortly after we started, this morning, we came to a small lake about half a mile in length, and two hundred yards in breadth ; a considerable part of it was clear of ice, which led us to suppose that two Eider ducks that flew past us, a little while before we came to it, had come from it. Soon after we passed this lake, we saw several ptarmigans, and in the course of the night shot seven of them as we went along. Between two and three o'clock in the morning, we got to the north-west...
Page 9 - N. and longitude 13 30' W. of the afternoon, when at least forty miles from this rock, we found soundings in one hundred and fifty fathoms water ; so that it may be regarded as the summit of a very extensive submarine mountain, whose sides, at least the western one, declined very gradually. Thursday, 9?lth.

Bibliographic information