An Account of the Arctic Regions: With a History and Description of the Northern Whale-fishery, Volume 2
Nineteenth century classic on whaling, geography and natural history of northern waters. Appendices include meteorological tables; a chronological list of voyages, 861-1819; list of plants found in Spitsbergen; Acts of Parliament regarding whaling; dimensions of whaling ships; etc.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
26th Geo advantage adventurers anomaly apparatus appears assistance Bay of Biscay Biscayans blubber boat boat-steerer bounty Britain British Captain capture cargo casks circumstances coast Commerce compass consequence considerable course crew danger deck distance drift ice Dutch employed English expence fast-boat favourable fins fish fishery fishing stations fitted fleet flensing floes Frieslanders gallons Greenland and Davis Greenland fishery Greenland seas Greenock harpoon Hence Holland Hull Hull ship Idem imported inches Island killed lances land latitude likewise line-managers magnetic master navigated needle nerally number of ships observed occasion officers owners piece port present procured produce quantity rope Russia Company sail Scotland season sent Shetland ship's side situation sometimes South Sea Company Spitzbergen Straits struck success surface taken tion tons of oil trade usually vessel voyage weather whale-fins whale-fishers whale-fishery whalebone Whitby wind wrecked
Page 241 - Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Page 368 - ... weapon in his grasp, harpooned the whale on which he stood; and, by means of the harpoon and the line, which he never abandoned, he steadied himself firmly upon the fish, notwithstanding his hazardous situation, and regardless of a considerable wound that he received in his leg, in his fall along with the fragments of the boat. All the efforts of the other boats to approach the whale, and deliver the harpooner, were futile. The captain, not seeing any other method of saving his...
Page 248 - Immediately that it reappears, the assisting boats make for the place with their utmost speed, and as they reach it, each harpooner plunges his harpoon into its back, to the amount of three, four, or more, according to the size of the whale and the nature of the situation. Most frequently, however...
Page 383 - States, shall be reported to the collector, or other chief officer of the customs at the port of...
Page 282 - ... the one in a good state of equipment, now made an attack upon the whale. One of the harpooners made a blunder; the fish saw the boat, took the alarm, and again fled. I now supposed it would be seen no more; nevertheless, we chased nearly a mile in the direction I imagined it had taken, and placed the boats, to the best of my judgment, in the most advantageous situations. In this case we were extremely fortunate. The fish rose near one of the boats, and was immediately harpooned. In a few minutes...
Page 370 - ... closely together, that two harpoons were struck at the same moment. The fish descended a few fathoms in the direction of another of the boats, which was on the advance, rose accidentally beneath it, struck it with its head, and threw the boat, men, and apparatus, about fifteen feet into the air. It was inverted by the stroke, and fell into the water with its keel upwards. All the...
Page 503 - Blubber, the Produce of Fish or Creatures living in the Sea, taken and caught wholly by His Majesty's Subjects...
Page 497 - An Act for more effectually discovering the longitude at sea, and encouraging attempts to find a northern passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and to approach the North Pole.
Page 426 - The advantages of oil gas, when compared with coal gas, are claimed by these gentlemen to be the following : The material from which it is produced containing no sulphur or other matter by which the gas is contaminated, there are no objections to its use on account of the suffocating smell in close rooms. It does no injury- to furniture, books, plate, pictures, paint, &c.