The Great White North: The Story of Polar Exploration from the Earliest Times to the Discovery of the Pole

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Macmillan Company, 1910 - Arctic regions - 489 pages
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History of arctic exploration from earliest times to 1909 is derived from accounts from the expeditions.
 

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Page 193 - June 1847, and the total loss by deaths in the expedition has been to this date 9 officers and 15 men. ' (Signed) FRM CROZIER, Captain and Senior Officer. ' (Signed) JAMES FITZJAMKS, Captain, HMS Erebus. ' and start to-morrow, 26th, for Back's Fish River.
Page 193 - September, 1846. The officers and crews, consisting of 105 souls, under the command of Captain FRM Crozier, landed here in lat. 69░ 37' 42
Page 38 - As the vessel rapidly approached the dangerous wall of ice, each person instinctively secured his own hold, and, with his eyes fixed upon the masts, awaited in breathless anxiety the moment of concussion. "It soon arrived; the brig (Trent), cutting her way through the light ice, came in violent contact with the main body. In an instant we all lost our footing ; the masts bent with the impetus, and the cracking timbers from below bespoke a pressure which was calculated to awaken our serious apprehensions.
Page 84 - It may be worthy of notice here, that the fish froze as they were taken out of the nets, in a short time became a solid mass of ice, and by a blow or two of the hatchet were easily split open, when the intestines might be removed in one lump. If in this completely frozen state they were thawed before the fire, they recovered their animation.
Page 209 - Ohlsen, restored by hope, walked steadily at the leading-belt of the sledge-lines ; and I began to feel certain of reaching our halfway station of the day before, where we had left our tent But we were still nine miles from it, when, almost without premonition, we all became aware of an alarming failure of our energies. I was of course familiar with...
Page 54 - This travelling by night and sleeping by day so completely inverted the natural order of things, that it was difficult to persuade ourselves of the reality. Even the officers and myself, who were all furnished with pocket chronometers, could not always bear in mind at what part of the twenty-four hours we had arrived; and there were several of the men who declared, and I believe truly, that they never knew night from day during the whole excursion.
Page 67 - ... distant grave, to life and friends and civilization. Long accustomed, however, to a cold bed on the hard snow or the bare rock, few could sleep amid the comfort of our new accommodations. I was myself compelled to leave the bed which had been kindly assigned me, and take my abode in a chair for the night, nor did it fare much better with the rest. It was for time to reconcile us to this sudden and violent change, to break through what had become habit, and to inure us once more to the usages...
Page 212 - Our halts multiplied, and we fell half-sleeping on the snow. I could not prevent it. Strange to say, it refreshed us. I ventured upon the experiment myself, making Riley wake me at the end of three minutes ; and I felt so much benefited by it that I timed the men in the same way. They sat on the runners of the sledge, fell asleep instantly, and were forced to wakefulness when their three minutes were out.
Page 167 - ... them. Pim began to screech and throw up his hands (his face as black as my hat) ; this brought the captain and lieutenant to a stand, as they could not hear sufficiently to make out his language. "At length Pim reached the party, quite beside himself, and stammered out, on M'Clure asking him, — • '"Who are you, and where are you come from?

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