Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific

Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific : Performed in the Years 1824-25, in His Majesty's ships Hecla and Fury, under the Orders of Captain William Edward Parry

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In May 1824, the British explorer William Edward Parry (1790-1855) took to the seas on his third attempt to discover the North-West Passage, the legendary route to the Pacific along the northern coast of North America. It was a perilous voyage that he abandoned after the wreck of his ship, the Fury; however, during it he made some pioneering discoveries about the route's climate, meteorology, wildlife and nautical conditions, which influenced his successors and remain of interest to scientists and seafarers today. In these fascinating memoirs, first published in 1826, Parry documents his journey, revealing the difficulties he encountered and the phenomena he observed. Through extensive illustrations and vivid descriptions, he recalls the tumultuous weather and treacherous terrain that characterised - and finally defeated - the expedition, and expresses his gratitude to his fellow voyagers, for their bravery and determination in adversity, and their united efforts to save the doomed vessel.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 113901451X
  • 9781139014519

Table of contents

Introduction; Official instructions; 1. Passage to the Whale-fish Islands, and removal of stores from the transport; 2. Enter Sir James Lancaster's Sound; 3. Winter arrangements; 4. Meteorological phenomena continued; 5. Sail over towards the western coast of Prince Regent's Inlet; 6. Formation of a basin for having the Fury down; 7. Some remarks upon the loss of the Fury; Appendices; Natural History: Zoology Captain James Clark Ross; Botany Professor William Jackson Hooker; Geology Professor Robert Jameson.show more