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A Two Years' Cruise Off Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and in the River Plate

A Two Years' Cruise Off Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and in the River Plate
A Narrative of Life in the Southern Seas
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108062060

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  • Following participation in the Arctic search for Sir John Franklin, the mariner and author William Parker Snow (1817–95) volunteered in 1854 to command the schooner Allen Gardiner, named after the man whose work for the South American Missionary Society was to be resumed. Although conceived as 'merely a simple narrative of daily life in the Southern Seas', this illustrated two-volume work of 1857 becomes simultaneously a first-hand account of a sailor's experiences and observations, and a self-justification against those by whom he felt disappointed, frustrated and deceived. Volume 1 recounts the history of the Falkland Islands and the circumstances of this mission, covering the voyage to Patagonia and the first friendly meetings with 'dreaded savages'. Volume 2 includes an account of meeting 'Jemmy Button', the Fuegian who had been taken to Britain on the Beagle. It also charts the series of difficulties Snow faced as captain, which culminated in his dismissal and abandonment on the Falklands.

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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108062060
    • length: 792 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 138 x 49 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 6 colour illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Commencement of the voyage
    3. The interpreter and his family
    4. Commencement of a new year
    5. Mission plans
    6. Missionary character
    7. Attempt to moor the vessel
    8. Abundance of wild game
    9. Reconsideration of plans
    10. Description of the mission schooner
    11. Description of Port Egremont
    12. Examination of White-Rock Harbour
    13. Stanley Harbour
    14. The trip back to Keppel Island
    15. Monte Video
    16. Examine the cove
    17. Evidence gathered respecting the fire
    18. Arrival of Monte Video
    19. Departure for Tierra del Fuego
    20. Starvation Beach
    21. Examination of Pioneer cave
    22. Approach to Picton island
    23. Banner cove described
    24. Our stay at Banner cove
    25. Departure from Banner cove. Volume 2:
    26. The Beagle channel
    27. Calm in the Beagle channel
    28. Meeting Jemmy Button and his people
    29. natives visit the ship at sunrise
    30. Very heavy weather
    31. Description of Cape Horn
    32. Discover that all the Fuegians have left the place
    33. News from home
    34. Mission plan most unwise
    35. Interview with the governor
    36. Proceed with refitting the ship
    37. Many difficulties
    38. Again, depart for Monte Video
    39. General description of Monte Video
    40. Arrival of the French brig of war
    41. Revisit the mission station
    42. A missionary's mode of treating a donor
    43. Paralysing effect of the sudden change
    Appendix.

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    William Parker Snow

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