A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage

A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage : While in Search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin

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The H.M.S. Investigator spent the years 1850-4 in the Western Arctic engaged in a search for the lost expedition of the explorer Sir John Franklin. In this 1857 publication Alexander Armstrong (1818-99), surgeon and naturalist to the ship, gives a first-hand account of life on board during the voyage, as testimony to the 'heroism, devotion, and endurance' of his shipmates. He describes the harsh conditions that the crew had to endure, and argues convincingly that no travel 'more thoroughly tests man's powers of endurance, both morally and physically' than travelling in the Arctic. He also notes that lemon juice proved the most effective remedy against scurvy. Armstrong's natural history research was cut short when the ship was abandoned and his collections left behind, but he includes an appendix listing the animals and birds observed on the voyage, and the Arctic plants collected by a friend and colleague.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139060244
  • 9781139060240

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Departure from England; 2. Preparations for leaving the Strait; 3. Departure from Honolulu; 4. Enter the ice; 5. Difficulties in working to the north-east; 6. Weather; 7. Weather; 8. Departure from Cape Bathurst; 9. Young ice; 10. Appearance of weather; 11. Departure of the travelling party; 12. The first day of 1851; 13. An unexpected arrival; 14. State of the ice; 15. Departure from Prince of Wales' Strait; 16. Weather and prospects; 17. Weather; 18. Position on 23rd September; 19. The hunting; 20. First day of 1852; 21. Laborious occupation of the crew; 22. The year 1853; 23. The 'Resolute'; Appendix.
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