The Great White North: The Story of Polar Exploration from the Earliest Times to the Discovery of the Pole

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Macmillan Company, 1910 - Arctic regions - 489 pages
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History of arctic exploration from earliest times to 1909 is derived from accounts from the expeditions.

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Page 186 - as its description and that of the low shore in the neighborhood of Point Ogle and Montreal Island agree exactly with that of Sir George Back. Some of the bodies were in a tent, or tents; others were under the boat, which had been turned over to form a shelter; and some lay
Page 59 - Each was at peace with his neighbor and all the world ; and I am firmly persuaded that the resignation which was then shown to the will of the Almighty, was the means of obtaining His mercy. God was merciful to us, and the tide, almost miraculously, fell no lower.
Page 190 - anxious to give all the information in her power. She said many of the white men dropped by the way as they went to the Great River; that some were buried and some were not; they did not themselves witness this; but discovered their bodies during the winter following. "We could not arrive at any approximation
Page 87 - It would be impossible," says Franklin, "to describe our sensations after entering this miserable abode, and discovering how we had been neglected; the whole party shed tears, not so much for our own fate as for that of our friends in the rear whose lives depended entirely on our sending immediate relief from this place.
Page 187 - all of which seem to have been broken up, as I saw pieces of these different articles with the natives, and I purchased as many as possible, together with some silver spoons and forks, an Order of Merit in the form of a star, and a small silver plate engraved 'Sir John Franklin, KCB'
Page 66 - dressing, eating, all intermingled ; it was all .the materials of each jumbled together, while in the midst of all there were interminable questions to be asked and answered on both sides ; the adventures of the Victory, our own escapes, the politics of England, and the news which was now four years old.
Page 372 - the shortcomings of any man. The concluding lines of the inscription on the English tablet, I think good. 'To Captain Hall, who sacrificed his life in the advancement of science, November 8, 1871. This tablet has been erected by the British polar expedition of 1875, which followed in his footsteps and profited by his experience.'
Page 75 - thirty or forty miles distant, while the continental coast trended away southeast. I stood, in fact, on a remarkable headland, at the eastern outlet of an ice-obstructed strait. On the extensive land to the northward, I bestowed the name of our most gracious sovereign, Queen Victoria. Its eastern visible extremity I called Cape Pelly, in
Page 26 - side, fresh lanes of water were continually forming, and extending in every direction in the field of ice behind us. With a painful feeling of the impossibility of overcoming the obstacles which Nature opposed to us, our last hope vanished of discovering the land which we yet believed to exist.
Page 16 - were much comforted, being in good hope that God would show us some further favour; for that wood served us not only to build our house, but also to burne, and serve us all the winter long; otherwise, without all doubt, we had died there miserably with extreme cold.

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