Yachting in the Arctic Seas, Or, Notes of Five Voyages of Sport and Discovery in the Neighbourhood of Spitzbergen and Novaya Zemlya

Voorkant
Chatto and Windus, 1876 - 387 pagina's
Narrative of author's voyage on Diana in 1869 to Barents Sea, Novaya Zemlya and Svalbard, with historical notes on previous voyages to these regions.
 

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Pagina 242 - ... is always filled with these fragments of all sizes and shapes, and many of them I have observed carrying large quantities of clay and stones imbedded in them. " This great glacier is in three divisions. The northern and southern divisions are each quite smooth and glassy, but the piece in the centre is broken up and rough, and jagged to a degree that is perfectly indescribable ; at a little distance it exactly resembles a great forest of pine trees thickly covered with snow. " This part of the...
Pagina 246 - They were taken out in one of the whalers, and a hut was erected for their winter quarters ; but when the fleet was about to depart, and they saw the awful gloomy hills, already white with the early snows, and felt the howling gales of north-east wind, their hearts utterly failed them, and they entreated the captain who had charge of them to take them back to London and let them be hanged, in pursuance of their original sentence, rather than leave them to perish in such a horrible country ! The captain...
Pagina 135 - Samoeds idols, which were in number above 300, the worst and the most unartificiall worke that ever I saw : the eyes and mouthes of sundrie of them were bloodie, they had the shape of men, women, and children, very grosly wrought, and that which they had made for other parts, was also sprinkled with blood.
Pagina 52 - Christian called to me not to shoot, as she had a " junger" with her. Although I did not understand his object, I reserved my fire, and upon looking closely at the walrus when she came up to breathe, I then perceived that she held a very young calf under her right arm, and I saw that he wanted to harpoon it ; but whenever he poised the weapon to throw, the old cow seemed to watch the direction of it, and interposed her own body, and she seemed to receive with pleasure several harpoons which were...
Pagina 51 - I fancy had fallen next him, he tore him nearly into two halves with his tusks. The rest of the men saved themselves by clambering on to the ice until the other boat came to their assistance. Upon another occasion, I made the acquaintance of the skyppar of a sloop, who had been seized by a bereaved...
Pagina 317 - Walruses were then at their mercy, and they slew, and stabbed, and slaughtered, and butchered, and murdered until most of their lances were rendered useless, and themselves were drenched with blood and exhausted with fatigue. They went on board their vessels, ground their lances, and had their dinners, and then returned to their sanguinary work; nor did they cry 'Hold, enough!
Pagina 49 - Five pair of oars, pulled with utmost strength, make the boat seem to fly through the water, while, perhaps, a hundred walruses roaring, bellowing, blowing, snorting and splashing, make an acre of the sea all in a foam before and around her. The harpooner stands with one foot on the thwart and the other on the front locker, with the line coiled in his right hand, and the long weapon in both hands ready balanced for a dart, while he shouts to the crew which direction to take, as he frequently, from...
Pagina 345 - ... to await their own fate ; and, when one of them died, the last man — the writer of the journal — had only sufficient strength remaining to push his dead companion out of the bed on to the floor, and he soon after expired himself, only a few days before the Norwegian party arrived.
Pagina 241 - ... are constantly becoming detached from this icy precipice, and tumble into the sea with a terrific roar and splash, and of course render it highly dangerous to go near the base in a boat. The surrounding sea is always filled with these fragments of all sizes and shapes, and many of them I have...
Pagina 327 - ... nearly out of sight, and we began to think they would beat us, when luckily they got to the end of the strip of smooth "fast" ice, and before them lay a great expanse of soft mud intersected with numerous little channels of water and with much rough ice left by the tide aground amongst it. This seemed to embarrass them very much, as the cubs could not jump over the channels, and the old bear appeared to be getting very anxious and uneasy ; but she showed great patience and forbearance with her...

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