The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon During the Recent Voyage of Discovery Under Captain Parry

The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon During the Recent Voyage of Discovery Under Captain Parry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...where on the 23d a party landed from each ship. On our way to the shore, the sea was so smooth between some patches of young ice formed during the night, that we observed the spray from the oars to run in little silvery globules along the surface, in the same manner as quicksilver on any hard plane; and it was not till the expiration of five or six seconds, that these brilliant drops stopped, and suddenly mingled with the other water. Our friends met us at the edge of the ice, and hauling up our boats, led, or rather dragged us, to their tents. One woman, far advanced in pregnancy, had partaken so largely in the general frenzy, that she absolutely foamed at the mouth, and had all the appearance of being raving mad: the fit however gradually wore off, and she became pale and composed. With many others I visited the winter huts, which were decidedly the most extraordinary edifices I had ever seen, being entirely constructed of the bones of whales, unicorns, walruses, and smaller animals, the interstices being filled with earth and moss: they were domed, and the base of the largest was seventeen or eighteen feet, its height about nine. A thick coating 236 BONE HUTS. of soot and filth covered the interior of these abodes, of which there were five, and a most noisome effluvia exhaled from them; the entrances were rudely arched, not extending far, but extremely low. The whole of the buildings were so dilapidated, that we were enabled to see the interior without entering; which was not to be regretted, on account of the state they were in. The ground all around was strewed with skulls and skeletons of animals; and human heads were picked up, to the amount of at least a dozen! Bones indeed were so numerous, that we literally trod on them. A large...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667255
  • 9781236667250