New Lands within the Arctic Circle: Volume 2

New Lands within the Arctic Circle: Volume 2 : Narrative of the Discoveries of the Austrian Ship Tegetthoff in the Years 1872-1874

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This two-volume work by the nineteenth-century Arctic explorer and artist Julius von Payer (1841-1915), originally published in German and translated into English almost immediately in 1876, documents his experiences during the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition, which he commanded from 1872 to 1874 with his colleague Karl Weyprecht. Early into the expedition, of which the original aim was to find a north-eastern passage, their ship, the Tegetthoff, became trapped in ice, and its resultant drifting into unknown territories led to the discovery of Franz-Josef Land. Volume 2 describes the crew's exploration of Franz-Josef Land by sledge, and their survival by means of bear-hunting, rationing of food, and making clothes from animal skins, in severe weather conditions, and encountering the challenges posed by icebergs and glaciers, until they were able to make their way to safety. The work contains both maps and paintings, the latter by von Payer himself.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 59 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139151576
  • 9781139151573

Table of contents

The Sledge Journeys: 1. The exploration of Kaiser Franz-Josef Land resolved on; 2. Of sledge travelling in general; 3. The equipment of a sledge expedition; 4. The first sledge journey; 5. The cold; 6. A general description of Kaiser Franz-Josef Land; 7. The second sledge expedition. Austria Sound; 8. In the extreme north; 9. The return to the ship; 10. The third sledge journey; 11. The Tegetthoff abandoned. Return to Europe: 1. Last days on the Tegetthoff; 2. On the frozen sea; 3. On the open sea; Appendix: 1. Meteorological observations; 2. Direction and force of the wind; Index.show more