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Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage

Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage
And of a Residence in the Arctic Regions during the Years 1829–33
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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108050227

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  • Polar explorer John Ross (1777–1856) sailed with William Edward Parry in 1818 to seek a North-West Passage from Baffin Bay. The attempt was unsuccessful, and Ross was widely blamed for its failure. In 1829 he set out on a privately funded expedition on the steamship Victory, accompanied by his nephew James Clark Ross, to try again, returning to England in late 1833. Using survival techniques learnt from the Inuit he befriended, Ross kept his crew healthy through four icebound winters. While the voyage once again failed to find a North-West Passage, it surveyed the Boothia Peninsula and a large part of King William Land. It was also valuable for its scientific findings. Ross published this two-volume work in 1835. Volume 1 summarises previous Polar exploration before describing the voyage; Volume 2 contains scientific reports, information on the Inuit, and a vocabulary of their language.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108050227
    • dimensions: 297 x 211 x 63 mm
    • weight: 3.08kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 14 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. The project of the expedition
    2. Leave the river
    3. Leave Loch Ryan
    4. Off Cape Farewell
    5. Visit of the Danish governor
    6. Disco Island
    7. Progress down Lancaster Sound
    8. Examination of the Fury's stores
    9. Attempts to work along shore
    10. Attempt to quit Elizabeth Harbour
    11. A heavy gale
    12. Remarks on the present condition of the ship
    13. Remarks on the actual temperature
    14. The month commences stormy and cold
    15. Repeated occurrence of aurora borealis
    16. Commencement of the year 1830
    17. Receive more geographical information from one of the natives
    18. Pilfering on the part of the natives
    19. Purchase of dogs from the natives
    20. Proceedings to the tenth of April
    21. Narrative of Commander Ross
    22. Proceedings in the ship
    23. Commander Ross's second journey and narrative
    24. Departure of Commander Ross on a third expedition
    25. Narrative of Commander Ross
    26. Repetition of heavy snow
    27. Expedition commenced
    28. Proceedings in the ship from the first of June
    29. Commander Ross's narrative
    30. Continuation of the journal
    31. An expedition to fish
    32. Journal of the month of July
    33. Warping out, unloading, and a final escape from our harbour
    34. Labour in cutting through the ice
    35. Transactions in November
    36. Transactions on board the ship in January
    37. April
    38. May
    39. Narrative of Commander Ross
    40. Journal of May
    41. Transactions in June
    42. Commander Ross's narrative
    43. Remarks on the assignment of the magnetic pole
    44. Transactions during the remainder of June
    45. Proceedings in July, August, and September
    46. Journal of August
    47. Journal of October
    48. The journals of January, February, and March
    49. April
    50. June
    51. August
    52. Attempt to proceed in the boats
    53. Continuation of our travelling southward in October
    54. The journals of January, February, and March
    55. April
    56. August
    57. Proceedings on board of the Isabella
    Addenda. Volume 2: Preface
    1. Sketch of the Esquimaux found in the territory of Boothia Felix
    2. Vocabulary of the English, Danish, and Esquimaux languages
    3. Dialogues in the English, Danish, and Esquimaux languages
    4. Chronometers
    5. Aurora borealis
    6. Natural history
    7. Report on instruments
    8. Terrestrial refraction
    9. Surgeon's report
    10. Biography of the Victory's crew
    Latitudes and longitudes
    List of subscribers.

  • Author

    John Ross

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