Journal of H.M.S. Enterprise, on the Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin's Ships by Behring Strait, 1850-55

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Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, Limited, 1889 - Arctic regions - 531 pages
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Page 2 - Did send a dismal sheen: Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken— The ice was all between. The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound!
Page 2 - At length did cross an Albatross : Through the fog it came ; As if it had been a Christian soul, We hailed it in God's name. It ate the food it ne'er had eat, And round and round it flew. The ice did split with a thunder-fit ; The helmsman steered us through ! And a good south wind sprung up behind ; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners...
Page 432 - Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time: Footprints that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again.
Page 2 - As who pursued with yell and blow Still treads the shadow of his foe, And forward bends his head. The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast, And southward aye we fled. And now there came both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold: And ice, mast-high, came floating by, As green as emerald.
Page 28 - Memoranda and Instructions drawn up by Sir John Richardson, as to the manners and habits of the Esquimaux, and the best mode of dealing with that people, (a copy of •which is also sent,) will afford a valuable addition to the information now supplied to you. 18. We deem it right to caution you against suffering the two vessels placed under your orders to separate, except in the event of accident or unavoidable necessity ; and We desire that you will keep up the most unreserved communication with...
Page 29 - ... to your care, by your being shut up in a position which might render a failure of provisions possible. We feel it unnecessary to give you more detailed instructions, which might possibly embarrass you in a service of this description; and we have therefore only to repeat our perfect reliance on your...
Page 26 - 1. Whereas the efforts that have been made during the last two years to relieve the Erebus and Terror have failed, and all access to the Parry Islands has been prevented by the accumulation of ice in the upper part of Barrow Straits ; and whereas it is possible that the same severity of weather may not prevail at the same time in both the eastern and western entrances to the Arctic Sea, we have now determined, in a matter of such moment, to send an expedition into the Polar Sea from the westward,...
Page 361 - ... yards. Had I witnessed this phenomenon by myself, I should have been disposed to receive with caution the evidence even of my own senses, as to this last fact ; but the appearance conveying precisely the same idea to three individuals...
Page 406 - There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft, To keep watch for the life of poor Jack!
Page 26 - Enterprize," and also to place under your orders Her Majesty's ship "Investigator;" both of which vessels having been duly fortified against collision with the ice, equipped for the polar climate by warm-air apparatus, and furnished with provisions for three years, as well as a large supply of extra stores, you are now required and directed, so soon as they are in all respects ready for sea, to proceed to make the best of your way to Cape Virgins, in order to arrive at Behring's Straits in July....

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