Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-west Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific: Performed in the Years, 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper, Under the Orders of William Edward Parry ...

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Englishman William Edward Parry's journal of his voyage for the discovery of a North-west passage through the Canadian Arctic in the years 1819-'20 aboard the ships Hecla and Griper. Includes official instructions to Parry from the British government on undertaking the expedition, details of land and sea exploration, encounters with Inuit (Eskimos) and fauna in the region, lists of supplies, chronometric, magnetic and lunar observations, numerous plates and maps, glossary of technical terms.

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Page 82 - From whose dark centres, with unceasing roll Rich coruscations gild the glowing pole. Their varied hues, slow waving o'er the bay, Eclipse the splendour of the dawning day. Streamers in quick succession o'er the sky From the Arc's centre far diverging fly ; Pencils of rays, pure as the heaven's own light, Dart rapid upward to the zenith's height.
Page clxxxix - Strait, and on the north of Baffin's Bay : as a head and horns and a drawing of a bull being shewn to the Esquimaux of the west coast of Davis' Strait who were communicated with on the 7th of September, were immediately recognised, and the animal called by the name of Umingmack ; this is evidently the same with the Umimak of the Esquimaux of Wolstenholme Sound, who were visited by the former expedition, and of which nothing more could be learnt at the time from their description than that it was...
Page cclv - ... and snow, and the inclement seasons of arctic regions were unknown ; that they were at least as hot as equinoctial countries now are ; and that the inhospitable hyperborean plains of Melville Island at one time displayed the noble scene of a luxuriant and stately vegetation.
Page clxxxix - This species of ox inhabits the North Georgian Islands in the summer months. They arrived in Melville Island in the middle of May, crossing the ice from the southward, and quitted it on their return towards the end of September.
Page 36 - midst the shades of night; Her native energies again resume, Dispel the dreary winter of the tomb ; And, bidding death with all its terrors fly, Bloom In perpetual spring...
Page clxxxv - ... endeavour was made to approach them, repeated and decided evidence was obtained of the purpose for which they were thus associated. As they became more familiar, the absences of the dog were of longer continuance, until, at length, he did not return, having probably fallen a sacrifice in an encounter with a male wolf. The female, however, continued to visit the ships as before, and enticed a second dog in the same manner, which, after several meetings, returned so severely bitten as to be disabled...
Page clxxxiv - Strait, a bear was met with swimming in the water about mid-way between the shores which were about forty miles apart ; no ice was in sight except a small quantity near the land ; on the approach of the ships, he appeared alarmed and dived, but rose again speedily ; a circumstance which may seem to confirm the remark of Fabricius, that well as the Polar bear swims, it is not able to remain long under water.
Page 35 - His noon-tide beam shot upward thro' the sky, Scarce gilds the vault of Heaven's blue canopy — A fainter yet, and yet a fainter light — And lo ! he leaves us now to one long cheerless night ! And is his glorious course for ever o'er ? And has he set indeed — to rise no more ? To us no more...
Page cxc - ... large horned animal inhabiting the land, and certainly not a rein-deer. It is probable that the individuals which extend their summer migration to the north-east of Baffin's Bay, retire during the winter to the continent of America, or to its neighbourhood, as the species is unknown in South Greenland.

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