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Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and round the World

Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and round the World
Being Personal Narratives of Attempts to Reach the North and South Poles
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  • Date Published: May 2014
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108071727

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  • Published in 1884 and illustrated with over 100 of his own drawings and maps, this two-volume work by the doctor and naturalist Robert McCormick (1800–90) provides an account of his voyages in the Arctic with William Parry and in the Antarctic with James Clark Ross, noting also his part in the search for Sir John Franklin. Incorporating a very detailed autobiography, McCormick's work also provides many details relating to natural history and geology. Volume 1 is mainly devoted to his Antarctic voyage (1839–43), during which he also visited St Helena, the Kerguelen Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego. The volume ends with the abortive attempt in 1827 to reach the North Pole via Spitsbergen. Volume 2 describes his role in the 1852–4 mission to find Franklin in the Arctic, including an open boat voyage up the Wellington Channel. This is followed by McCormick's autobiography, tracing his struggles to gain promotion in his naval career.

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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108071727
    • length: 1004 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 52 mm
    • weight: 1.65kg
    • contains: 47 b/w illus. 56 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. Voyage of HMS Erebus and Terror to the Antarctic Seas:
    1. Departure from England
    2. Visit to the convents
    3. Trinidad
    4. A deep sounding
    5. At Kerguelen's Island
    6. Second boat-expedition
    7. New Bay discovered
    8. Geological résumé of Kerguelen's Island
    9. Our boatswain drowned
    10. A drive across the island to Launceston
    11. Excursion to Port Arthur
    12. First voyage towards the South Pole
    13. Campbell Island
    14. Discovery of a southern continent
    15. The volcanic mountains
    16. Remarkable rock, like a Roman gateway
    17. Summary of our attempt to reach the South Pole
    18. Quail-shooting at Risdon
    19. Leave for Sydney
    20. Trip to Waimate
    21. Up the Kava-Kava river
    22. Trip inland
    23. Second attempt to reach the South Pole
    24. Closely beset in the pack
    25. A heavy gale
    26. Collision with the Terror off the icebergs
    27. The Falkland Islands
    28. Trip to Swan Bay
    29. Hermite Island, Cape Horn
    30. Excursion up to the summit of Cape Spencer
    31. Summary of Hermite Island
    32. Second visit to the Falkland Islands
    33. Third attempt to reach the South Pole
    34. Our highest latitude
    35. Summary of the last voyage south
    36. Simon's bay
    37. Ascension Island
    Part II. Attempt to Reach the North Pole in the Year 1827:
    1. Departure from the Nore
    2. Hecla secured in Treurenberg Bay
    3. Return of the polar boats
    4. Résumé of the geological and botanical features of the island
    Plans for reaching the North and South Poles. Volume 2: Part III. Voyage in Search of Sir John Franklin:
    1. Departure from the Nore
    2. Disco
    3. Upernivik
    4. The McLennen nipped
    5. Beechey Island
    6. I return from the boat expedition
    7. Lost in the snow-drift
    8. Weather worse than ever
    9. Successful ascent of Caswell's Tower
    10. On the way home
    Narrative of a boat expedition
    Concluding remarks on the search for Sir John Franklin
    Suggestions for the preservation health of polar climes
    Part IV. Autobiography:
    1. Early life
    2. First voyage to the West Indies
    3. On the home station
    4. Return
    5. To the West Indies again
    6. A year on half-pay
    7. Voyage to South America
    8. On half-pay
    9. Third voyage to the West Indies
    10. Four years on half-pay
    11. Fourth walking tour
    12. In the Lake District
    13. Appointed to the Erebus for the Antarctic expedition
    14. On half-pay again
    15. Transferred to the Fisguard frigate
    16. The Auckland Whaling Company
    17. Plan of boat voyage
    18. My new plan of search
    19. Again on half-pay after my return in 1853
    Letter to the First Lord of the Admiralty

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    Robert McCormick

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