Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale-Fishery

Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale-Fishery : Including Researches and Discoveries on the Eastern Coast of West Greenland, Made in the Summer of 1822, in the Ship Baffin of Liverpool

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William Scoresby junior (1789-1857), explorer, scientist, and later Church of England clergyman, first travelled to the Arctic when he was just ten years old. The son of Arctic whaler and navigator William Scoresby of Whitby, he spent nearly every summer for twenty years at a Greenland whale fishery. He made significant discoveries in Arctic geography, meteorology, oceanography, and magnetism, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1824. First published in 1823, this book recounts Scoresby's voyage to Greenland in the summer of 1822 aboard the Baffin, a whaler of his own design. On this journey, his penultimate voyage to the north, he charted a large section of the coast of Greenland. His narrative also includes descriptions of scientific observations and geographical discoveries made during the voyage, and the appendices includes lists of rock specimens, plants and animal life, and notes on meteorological and other data.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139151282
  • 9781139151283

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Proceedings during the passage from Liverpool to the fishing-stations; 2. Approach to within five hundred and seventy miles of the Pole; 3. Proceed to the southern fishing-stations; 4. Observations on the deviation of the compass; 5. Loss of a harpooner by a whale; 6. A small whale captured; 7. Approach the coast of Greenland; 8. Large inlet named, after Captain Scoresby sen. Scoresby's Sound; 9. Coast examined down to latitude sixty-nine; 10. Again approach the coast; 11. A run of fish; 12. Retrospective view of researches made upon the eastern coast of Greenland; 13. Get clear of the ice; Appendices.show more