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Arctic Explorations

Arctic Explorations
The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108041430

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  • Elisha Kent Kane (1820–57) was a medical officer in the United States Navy, best known for the so-called 'Grinnell voyages' to the Arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's expedition. Originally published in 1856, this two-volume work documents his second expedition, between 1853 and 1855, during which his ship became ice-bound, and he and his men survived by adopting Inuit survival skills, such as hunting, sledge-driving and hut-building. In Volume 1, Kane recounts the dangers posed by icebergs, glaciers and fluctuating tides, which led to his ship's entrapment, and his impressions of the Inuit whom he later relied on for survival. In Volume 2, Kane continues to describe the way of life of the Inuit people who aided him, and their ability to survive in a hostile environment. Kane's writings reveal his own controversial personality as well as his relationship with the Inuit and his admiration for their skills.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108041430
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 57 mm
    • weight: 1.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Glossary of Arctic terms
    1. Organisation
    2. Fiskernaes
    3. Coast of Greenland
    4. Boring the floes
    5. Crimson cliffs of Beverley
    6. Closing with the ice
    7. The Eric on a berg
    8. Tracking
    9. The depot journey
    10. Approaching winter
    11. The observatory
    12. Leaping a chasm
    13. Walrus-holes
    14. Magnetic observatory
    15. Arctic observations
    16. Preparation
    17. Baker's death
    18. An exploration
    19. Progress of the party
    20. Seal-hunting
    21. Progress of seaon
    22. Mr Bonsall's return
    23. Morton's return
    24. Prospects
    25. Working on
    26. The ice-foot in August
    27. Discipline
    28. The Esquimaux
    29. Walrus-grounds
    30. Journey of Morton and Hans
    31. An aurora
    32. Esquimaux sledges. Volume 2:
    1. Modes of life
    2. A break-down
    3. The fire-clothed bag
    4. The bennesoak
    5. Our condition
    6. Line of open water
    7. Colloquy in the bunks
    8. The delectable mountains
    9. Routine
    10. Journey after Hans
    11. Hartstene Bay
    12. The Esquimaux of Greenland
    13. Walrus-hunting
    14. Kalutunah
    15. Cape James Kent
    16. Preparations for escape
    17. The pledges
    18. The sick-hut
    19. To the brig again
    20. New stations
    21. The game of ball
    22. The bakery
    23. Fresh dogs
    24. The red boat sinking
    25. The farewell
    26. Sutherland Island
    27. A look-out
    28. The crimson cliffs
    29. The sea! The sea!
    Conclusion
    Appendix.

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    Elisha Kent Kane

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