Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait: Volume 1

Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait: Volume 1 : To Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the Command of Captain F. W. Beechey in the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28

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Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856), naval officer and hydrographer, was born into a family of artists, joined the Navy at a young age and went on to travel the world to survey coastlines and oceans. He published several accounts of his expeditions to destinations including the Arctic and Africa. This two-volume work, first published in 1831, describes his voyage as commander of the Blossom in 1825-1828. The ship's mission was to support the exploration of the North-West Passage by travelling eastwards via the Bering Strait to meet the explorers Sir John Franklin and Sir Edward Parry who were travelling west from the North Atlantic. Volume 1 records Beechey's outward journey via Cape Horn, his visits to Pitcairn Island, where he met the last surviving Bounty mutineer and documented his story (retold in Chapters 3 and 4), Tahiti, and Hawai'i, and his first season exploring the Bering Strait.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139014870
  • 9781139014878

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Departure from England; 2. Leave the coast of Chili; 3. Pitcairn Island; 4. Bounty Bay; 5. Visit Oeno Island; 6. Second interview with the natives; 7. Quit Gambier Islands; 8. Boat sent to examine the channel into Bow Island Lagoon; 9. Proceedings at Otaheite; 10. Departure from Otaheite; 11. Quit Kotzebue Sound; 12. Interesting narrative of the boat expedition.show more