Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry

Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry

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Written by his son, the Rev. Edward Parry, this 1857 memoir describes the life and times of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry (1790-1855), the British naval officer and Arctic explorer. The work describes how Parry became a successful pioneer of Arctic enterprise, having in 1827 attempted one of the earliest expeditions to the North Pole, setting a record which then stood for fifty years. Reflecting the religious side of Parry's character, the book demonstrates how he was a constant promoter of the welfare of his crews. From Parry's childhood years, the book traces the explorer's distinguished career in the Navy, his meticulous scientific work and his long and usually dangerous voyages and expeditions. Alongside his professional successes, including his knighthood in 1829, the book gives insights into the difficulties of his private life, including the tragic deaths of his first wife and of some of his more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139151339
  • 9781139151337

Table of contents

Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; 1. 1790-1810. Birth and parentage; 2. 1810-17. Joins the Alexandria; 3. Brief sketch of Arctic discovery previously to 1818; 4. 1818. The Alexander fitted out at Deptford; 5. 1819-20. Parry's first voyage; 6. 1820-3. Second voyage; 7. 1824-5. Third and last voyage for the discovery of a North-West Passage; 8. 1826-8. Interest in religious societies; 9. 1829-34. Appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company; 10. 1835-40. Appointment as Assistant Poor Law Commissioner; 11. 1841-5. Second marriage; 12. 1846-52. Haslar; 13. 1852-5. Summer at Keswick; more