Papers and Despatches Relating to the Arctic Searching Expeditions of 1850-51: Together with a Few Brief Remarks as to the Probable Course Pursued by Sir John Franklin ...

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F. & J. Rivington, 1851 - 49 Seiten

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Seite 17 - I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that at 5 o'clock PM on the 6th of August last, in latitude 24° 44...
Seite 14 - Sound, from the fact of its having been recently navigated by at least one enterprising whaler, and found to be of great width, free from ice, with a swell from the westward, and having no land visible from the mast-head in that direction. It seems more than probable, therefore, that it may be found to communicate with Wellington Strait ; so that if Sir John Franklin's ships have been detained anywhere to the northward of the Parry Islands, it would be by Jones...
Seite 30 - ... opinions of the officers when at their extremes, I have arrived at the conclusion that the expedition under Sir John Franklin did not prosecute the object of its mission to the southward and westward of Wellington Strait...
Seite 20 - Resuming the boat journey, after separating from the fatigue sledges on the 1/th of June, we proceeded about ten miles to the westward, when we were obliged to take shelter in an adjacent bay, in consequence of a head sea, and strong westerly gale. From this date until the 20th of July 310 miles of coast were examined by the boat under very disadvantageous circumstances, arising from constant unfavourable winds and rapid tides. Our provisions being then within eight days of being consumed, and our...
Seite 17 - Tower discovered the quarters which had been occupied by the vessels of Sir John Franklin's expedition in the winter of 1845-6. Three graves were also found, the headboards showing them to be those of three seamen who had died early in the spring of 1846 ; but, notwithstanding a most careful search in every direction, no document could be found. The same evening a boat party was despatched under Captain Stewart to explore Radstock Bay and its vicinity, but no further traces were found in that direction.
Seite 19 - ... thirty-five or forty miles. As the decayed state of the ice prevented further progress to the westward from this point, and no trace being found, we proceeded round the island, first to the NNE, and afterwards, on rounding Cape Ssoresby, in a NNW direction.
Seite 28 - Sir, — I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that...
Seite 36 - Inlet, after having got as far as Melville Island before. The north-west passage is certainly to be gone through by Barrow's Strait, but whether south or north of Parry's Group, remains to be proved. I am for going north, edging north-west till in longitude 140°, if possible.
Seite 18 - ... partial intermissions, till the 22nd. During all that time I was continually among them, and whatever doubts the want of experience of my young officers might have warranted my entertaining, they were all removed by witnessing the management of their men on this occasion. On the 21st Mr. J. Stuart had returned with the two depot sledges, and only one tent. In consequence of the extreme severity of the weather, I felt great anxiety for this party; however, in two marches, they reached the ship,...
Seite 36 - The only chance of bringing them upon this (the American) coast is the possibility of some obstruction having tempted them to explore an immense inlet on the northern shore of Barrow's Strait, (short of Melville Island,) called Wellington Channel, which Parry felt an inclination to explore, and more than one of the present party betrayed to me a similar inclination, which I discouraged, no one venturing to conjecture even to what extent it might go, or into what difficulties it might lead.

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