An Account of the Arctic Regions: Volume 2

An Account of the Arctic Regions: Volume 2 : With a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery

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Written by explorer, scientist and later clergyman William Scoresby (1789-1857), this two-volume guide to the Arctic regions was first published in 1820. Scoresby, himself the son of a whaler and Arctic explorer, first sailed to the polar regions at the age of eleven, and was later apprenticed to his father. He became a correspondent of Sir Joseph Banks, and his extensive research on the Arctic area included pioneering work in oceanography, magnetism, and the study of Arctic currents and waves. He surveyed 400 miles of the Greenland coast in 1822. This account was the first book published in Britain which was devoted solely to the whale fisheries. Volume 2 focuses on the fisheries and includes a history of whaling, the methods used to extract whale oil and prepare whalebone, and the impact of new developments. The book ends with a detailed account of a whaling expedition in 1816.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 1139097075
  • 9781139097079

Table of contents

1. Chronological history of the northern whale-fisheries; 2. Comparative view of the origin, progress, and present state of the whale-fisheries of different European nations; 3. Situation of the early whale-fishery. Manner in which it was conducted, and the alterations which have subsequently taken place; 4. Account of the modern whale-fishery, as conducted at Spitzbergen; 5. Account of the Davis' Strait whale-fishery, and a comparison with that of Greenland, with statements of expences and profits of a fishing ship; 6. Method of extracting oil and preparing whalebone, and remarks on the uses to which the several products of the whale-fishery are applied; 7. Narrative of proceedings on board of the ship Esk, during a whale-fishing voyage to the coast of Spitzbergen, in the year 1816; Appendix; Index.show more