An account of a most dangerous voyage peformed by the famous Captain John Monck, in the years 1619, and 1620: by the special command of Cristian IV : to Hudson's Straits, in order to discover a passage on that side, betwixt Greenland and America to the West [read East]-Indies : with a description of the old and new Greenland, for the better elucidation of the said treatise

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Page 562 - ... the poles belonging to their tents, and found many pieces of skins of bears, wolves, dogs, and sea-calves, wherewith they used to cover them ; which seemed to intimate that the inhabitants here did lead a vagabond life, like the Tartars and Lapponians. " After the Danes had planted their huts, they cut good store of wood, to be laid up for the winter, and killed abundance of wild fowl. Captain Munk killed a white bear with his own hands, which they eat ; and he says expressly, that it agreed...
Page 560 - Among other accidents that befel him, it froze so violently on the 1 8th of June at night, and the winds blew so hard and cold, that his sails were rendered useless by reason of the cold which 'adhered to them ; yet the next following day proved so excessive hot in the afternoon, that they were forced to lay by their clothes, and to go in their shirts only. " He did not arrive in Hudson's Straits till the 1 7th of July, VOL.
Page 561 - He then marched with some of his men about four leagues deep into the country, to see whether he could meet with any of the inhabitants ; but...
Page 562 - Winter-season, to such a degree, that they saw Ice of 300, nay 360 foot thick : no Beer, no Wine, or Brandy was strong enough to be proof against it, but froze to the bottom, and the Vessels split in pieces ; so that they cut the frozen Liquor with Hatchets, and melted it before the fire, before they could drink it. If they happened to leave any quantity of Water in their Copper or Tin Vessels, they found them all in pieces the next morning: Neither were the poor Danes able to resist so excessive...
Page 562 - ... but present death, he made his last Will, in which he desired those that might by chance come to this place to bury his Corps, and to send the Diary of his Voyage to the King of Denmark. After four days were past he began however to recover a little, and with much ado got out of his Hut, to see whether there were any of his Ship's Crew left alive, of whom he found no more than two of Sixty four Persons he brought along with him.
Page 563 - Tet foot aIhore, but he went to Copenhagen to give the King an account of his unfortunate Voyage ; who not imagining him to be ftill among the Living, received him V?
Page 562 - Diftemper not unknown to Seamen, by whom it is commonly call'd the Scurvy. So many of them died, that there were not enough left to bury them, the...
Page 562 - Sicknesses encreased with the Cold ; they were generally seized with a Griping Looseness, which did not leave them till it put an end to their days. Thus they dropt away one after another, so that about the beginning of March the Captain was fain to do Duty as a Sentry, for want of others. The worst was, that the Spring did augment their...
Page 560 - Savages, who feeming to be furprized at the fight of the Danes, hid their Arms behind a great Stone-heap, and then advanced toward them in a friendly pofture, but kept continually a watchful eye upon their Arms, for fear the Danes mould come too near them.
Page 561 - Stone was a place of about eight foot square, enclosed with lesser Stones. On one side of this Enclosure there lay a heap of small flat Stones, intermixt with Moss of Trees ; on the opposite side was a large flat Stone laid upon two others in the shape of an Altar, upon which they found three Coals laid across. They saw several more of...

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