Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1884

Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1884

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...to-day our position in relation to prominent mountains in the vicinity had not materially changed. When the sun had set and the shades of night were coming on we reached a deserted viHage, and as I had sent the tent back with Mr. McLenegan we turned in for the night in a vacant hut, where we were at least safe from the rain. Despite the bal weather we made 28.6 miles to-day. Average temperature, 85. July 25, 1884.--The day was warm and pleasant throughout, and we started to pack our boat at 5 a. m., when Andre discovered several places worn through on the bottom which bad to be sewed up before we went any farther. This work delayed us somewhat, and it was not until 9 a. m. that we got off. We made excellent time up the river, but the course of the stream is very crooked, and there are a great many islands lying in the bends. The country on both sides was, as usual, spongy tundra backed by rolling country to the mountains, sixteen to twenty miles distant. The banks of the river are moderately high, and composed of a dark-colored soil of a clayey nature, above which lies a thick layer of black earth m which the fiber of decayed vegetable matter can be seen in great quantities. The banks seem to be undergoing a continual change of form, as we frequently saw portions twenty-five to fifty feet square become detached and fall into the water. Sand-lurs and shoals abound in many places, and the current remained about as usual. Every night I set the Indians at work making a map of that part of the river ahead of us, and it is remarkable how exact they are in details. From them I learned that during the winter all the Indians who come down to fish in the summer live near the headwaters of the river, and that after snow has fallen they make sledge...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236819071
  • 9781236819079