Narrative of the Recent Voyage of Captain Ross to the Arctic Regions, in the Years 1829-30-31-32-33: And a Notice of Captain Back's Expedition; with a Preliminary Sketch of Polar Discoveries, from the Earliest Period to the Year 1827

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Wiley & Long, 1835 - Arctic regions - 192 pages
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Page 35 - We now, therefore, witnessed for the first time the curious phenomenon of the directive power of the needle becoming so weak as to be completely overcome by the attraction of the ship ; so that the needle might now be properly said to point to the north pole of the ship.
Page 99 - Harbour." I may here mention that we named the newly-discovered continent, to the southward, " Boothia," as also the isthmus, the peninsula to the north, and the eastern sea, after my worthy friend Felix Booth, Esq., the truly patriotic citizen of London, who, in the most disinterested manner, enabled me to equip this expedition in a superior style. The last winter was, in temperature, nearly equal to the...
Page 127 - ... briefly comprehended in the following words: — The discovery of the Gulf of Boothia, the continent and isthmus of Boothia Felix, and a vast number of islands, rivers, and lakes; the undeniable establishment that the north-east point of America extends to the 74th degree of north latitude...
Page 104 - The discovery of the Gulf of Boothia, the continent and isthmus of Boothia Felix, and a vast number of islands, rivers, and lakes ; the undeniable establishment that the north-east point of America extends to the 74th degree of north latitude ; valuable observations of every kind, but particularly on the magnet; and, to crown all, we have had the honour of placing the illustrious name of our most gracious Sovereign William IV. on the true position of the magnetic pole.
Page 102 - Hull, the same ship which 1 commanded in 1818. At noon we reached her, when her enterprising commander, who had in vain searched for us in Prince Regent's Inlet, after giving us three cheers, received us with every demonstration of kindness and hospitality which humanity could dictate.
Page 102 - ... below zero, immediately took the consistency of ice, and thus we actually became the inhabitants of an iceberg during one of the most severe winters hitherto recorded ; our sufferings, aggravated by want of bedding, clothing, and animal food, need not be dwelt upon. Mr. C. Thomas, the carpenter, was the only man who perished at this beach, but three others, besides one who had lost his foot, were reduced to the last stage of debility, and only 13 of our number were able to carry provisions in...
Page 103 - M'Diarmid, the surgeon, who had been several voyages to these regions, did justice to the high recommendation I received of him ; he was successful in every amputation and operation which he performed, and wonderfully so in his treatment of the sick ; and I have no hesitation in adding, that he would be an ornament to his Majesty's service. Commander Ross, Mr.
Page 128 - Ross, who volunteered this service early in April, and, accompanied by one of the mates, and guided by two of the natives, proceeded to the spot, and found that the north land was connected to the south by two ridges of high land...
Page 157 - I have received and laid before my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty your Letter of the...
Page 99 - ... but extremely unfavourable for navigation, and our object being now to try a more northern latitude, we waited with anxiety for the disruption of the ice, but in vain, and our utmost endeavours did not succeed in retracing our steps more than four miles, and it was not until the middle of November, that we succeeded in cutting the vessel into a place of security, which we named "Sheriff's Harbour." I may here mention that we named the newly discovered continent, to the southward. "Boothia...

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