Arctic Searching Expedition: A [J]ournal of a Boat-voyage Through Rupert's Land and the Arctic Sea, in Search of the Discovery Ships Under Command of Sir John Franklin, with an Appendix on the Physical Geography of North America

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Harper, 1854 - 516 Seiten

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Seite 16 - I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that her Majesty's ships Erebus and Terror...
Seite 16 - ... over-anxious if we should not return by the time they have fixed upon ; and I must beg of you to give them the benefit of your advice and experience when that arrives, for you know well, that even after the second winter, without success in our object, we should wish to try some other channel, if the state of our provisions, and the health of the crews, justify it.
Seite 256 - may challenge another to wrestle, and, if he overcomes, may carry off his wife as the prize. . . . The bereaved husband meets his loss with the resignation which custom prescribes in such a case, and seeks his revenge by taking the wife of another man weaker than himself."2 With reference to the Slave Indians, Mr.
Seite 23 - ... near Gamier Bay or Cape Rennell, it would be a good position in which to secure one of the ships for the winter. " From this position the coast line might be explored, as far as it extends to the westward, by detached parties early in the spring, as well as the western coast of Boothia, a considerable distance to the southward ; and at a more advanced period of the season the whole distance to Cape Nicolai might be completed. " A second party might be sent to the south-west...
Seite 257 - With reference to the slave Indians, Mr. Hooper says: "If a man desire to despoil his neighbour of his wife, a trial of strength of a curious nature ensues : they seize each other by the hair, which is worn long and flowing, and thus strive for the mastery until one or another cries...
Seite 82 - One very bituminous bed, carefully examined with the microscope, was found to consist, in addition to the bitumen, of small grains of transparent quartz, unmixed with other rock, but enclosing a few minute fragments of the pearly lining of a shell. A similar bed in another locality contained, besides the quartz, many scales of mica. The whole country for many miles is so full of bitumen that it flows readily into a pit dug a few feet below the surface.
Seite 22 - 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 183 - ... London ever since 1844, according to Mr. Glaisher's diagram, and will reach its minimum in 1851. It can be stated only as a conjecture, though by no means an improbable one, that Sir John Franklin entered Lancaster Sound at the close of a group of warm years, when the ice was in the most...
Seite 149 - Company's service at the fur posts fall readily into the ways of their white associates, and are more industrious, handy, and intelligent than the Indians. The few interpreters of the nation that I have been acquainted with (four in all) were strictly honest, and adhered rigidly to the truth ; and I have every reason to believe that within their own community the rights of property are held in great respect, B 2 even the hunting-grounds of families being kept sacred.
Seite 15 - Straits, where, having found a convenient port, the transport which accompanied it was cleared and sent home to England, bringing the last letters that have been received from the officers or crew. The following extract of a letter, from Lieutenant Fairholme, of the " Erebus," will serve to show the cheerful anticipation of success which prevailed throughout the party, and the happy terms on which they were with each other : — " We have anchored in a narrow channel between two of the islands, protected...

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