Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-west Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific;: Performed in the Years 1824-25, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Fury, Under the Orders of Captain William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S., and Commander of the Expedition, 3. köide

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John Murray, publisher to the Admirality, and Board of Longitude., 1826 - 337 pages
 

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Page 185 - It may be tried often and fail, for several favourable and fortunate circumstances must be combined for its accomplishment ; but I believe, nevertheless, that it will ultimately be accomplished.
Page 185 - But there is no argument against the possibility of final success : for we now know that a winter in the ice may be passed not only in safety but in health and comfort.
Page 63 - The rolling motion of the light laterally was here also very striking, as well as the increase of its intensity thus occasioned. The light occupied horizontally about a point of the compass, and extended in height scarcely a degree above the land, which seemed, however, to conceal from us a part of the phenomenon. It was always evident enough that the most attenuated light of the aurora sensibly dimmed the stars, like a thin veil drawn over them. We frequently listened for any sound proceeding from...
Page 150 - Baffin's Bay, and by the fossil wood of Melville Island, Cape York, and Byam Martin Island. 6. That the boulders or rolled blocks met with in different quarters, and in tracts distant from their original localities, afford evidence of the passage of water across them, and at a period subsequent to the deposition of the newest solid strata, namely, those of the tertiary class. 7. That nowhere are there...
Page 62 - While Lieutenants Sherer and Ross, and myself, were admiring the extreme beauty of this phenomenon from the observatory, we all simultaneously uttered an exclamation of surprise at seeing a bright ray of the Aurora shoot suddenly downward from the general mass of light, and between us and the land, which was then distant only three thousand yards.
Page 178 - ... that there must exist in the polar regions some general motion of the sea towards the west, causing the ice to set in that direction, when not impelled by contrary winds, or local and occasional Currents, until it butts against thos'e shores which are actually found to be most encumbered by it ;' and he offers a suggestion for the consideration of others, ' whether such a tendency of the sea may not have some connection with the motion of the earth on its axis?
Page 40 - Winter after winter, nature here assumes an aspect so much alike, that cursory observation can scarcely detect a single feature of variety. The winter of more temperate climates, and even in some of no slight severity, is occasionally diversified by a thaw, which at once gives variety and comparative cheerfulness to the prospect. But here, when once the earth is covered, all is dreary monotonous whiteness, not merely for days or weeks, but for more than half a year together. Whichever way the eye...
Page 151 - That these newly-discovered lands exhibit the same general geognostical arrangements as occur in all other extensive tracts of country hitherto examined by the naturalist ; a fact which strengthens that opinion which maintains that the grand features of nature, in the mineral kingdom, are every where similar, and, consequently, that the same general agencies must have prevailed generally during the formation of the solid mass of the earth.
Page 153 - ... superficial current which every breeze of wind creates in a sea encumbered with ice, coupled with the fact that while this set was noticed we had an almost continual prevalence of northerly winds, inclines me to believe that it was to be attributed, chiefly at least, to this circumstance; especially as, on one or two occasions, with rather a light breeze from the southward, the ice did set slowly in the opposite direction. It is not by a few unconnected observations that a question of this kind...
Page 183 - Persevering in difficulty, unappalled by danger, and patient under distress, they scarcely ever use the language of complaint, much less that of despair ; and sometimes, when all human hope seems at its lowest ebb, they furnish the most beautiful examples of that firm reliance on a merciful and superintending providence, which is the only rational source of true fortitude in man.

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