A Chronological History of Voyages Into the Arctic Regions: Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-east, North-west, Or Polar Passage Between the Atlantic and Pacific : from the Earliest Periods of Scandinavian Navigation to the Departure of the Recent Expeditions Under the Orders of Captains Ross and Buchan

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John Murray, 1818 - Arctic regions - 427 pages

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Page 99 - Besides, for solace of our people, and allurement of the savages, we were provided of music in good variety; not omitting the least toys, as morrisdancers, hobby-horse, and May-like conceits to delight the savage people, whom we intended to win by all fair means possible.
Page 308 - An Act for giving a public Reward to such Person or Persons, being His Majesty's Subject or Subjects, as shall discover a Northern Passage for Vessels by Sea between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and also unto such as shall first approach by Sea . within One Degree of the Northern Pole...
Page 314 - At ten at night the weather becoming clear, we had an opportunity of seeing at the same moment the remarkable peaked hill near Cape Prince of Wales, on the coast of America, and the east Cape of Asia, with the two connecting islands of Saint Diomede between them.
Page 293 - ... either all feasting, or all famine ; sometimes we had too much, seldom just enough, frequently too little, and often none at all. It will be only necessary to say that we have fasted many times two whole days and nights ; twice upwards of three days ; and once, while at She-than-nee, near seven days, during which we tasted not a mouthful of anything, except a few cranberries, water, scraps of old leather, and burnt bones.
Page 237 - Majesties of 40 pieces ordnance hee could not strike his flagg; (keepe it up then, quoth I) but you are out of the way to Japon, for this is not it ;" — and a great deal more of such stuff.
Page 259 - ... in a Greenland ship that summer) told him, that their ship went not out to fish that summer, but only to take in the lading of the whole fleet, to bring it to an early market. But, said he, before the fleet had caught fish enough to lade us, we, by order of the Greenland Company, sailed unto...
Page 31 - ... before, by this fame and report there increased in my heart a great flame of desire to attempt some notable thing.
Page 316 - Clerke's resolutions were made known. We were all heartily sick of a navigation full of danger, and in which the utmost perseverance had not been repaid with the smallest probability of success. We therefore turned our faces toward home, after an absence of three years, with a delight and satisfaction, which, notwithstanding the tedious voyage we had still to make, and the immense distance we had to run, were as freely entertained, and perhaps as fully enjoyed, as if we had been already in sight...
Page 272 - A sickness and famine occasioned such havock among the English that, by the setting in of the second winter, their number was reduced to twenty. That winter, 1720, some of the Esquimaux took up their abode on the opposite side of the harbour to that on which the English had built their houses, and frequently supplied them with such provisions as they had, which chiefly consisted of whale's blubber, and seal's flesh, and train oil.
Page 57 - ONE master Hore of London, a man of goodly stature and of great courage, and given to the studie of Cosmographie...

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