A Voyage towards the South Pole: Performed in the Years 1822-24

A Voyage towards the South Pole: Performed in the Years 1822-24 : Containing an Examination of the Antarctic Sea, and a Visit to Tierra del Fuego

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James Weddell (1787-1834) a self-taught navigator, started his sailing career aged 9 and later led several voyages towards the Antarctic. This book, first published in 1825, is his account of the voyage of the Jane, which went on a sealing trip to the Falklands and beyond, but turned back before reaching Antarctica itself. It features detailed scientific measurements, careful observations of wildlife, and descriptions of the islands and coasts visited by the expedition, including an important early account of the South Shetlands. It also provides first hand insight into the hardships of a long and perilous voyage. Weddell speaks warmly of the Jane's crew, who withstood frostbite, reduced rations and frequent danger from icebergs. He also reports encounters with other ships, mutiny, scurvy and even the alleged sighting of a mermaid. His thoughtful approach to his mission makes this fascinating exploration narrative an especially valuable historical source.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 8 maps
  • 1139151681
  • 9781139151689

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Departure of the Jane and Beaufoy from the Downs; 3. Return to the northward; 4. Death of a seaman; 5. Sail from the Falklands; 6. Voyage to Tierra del Fuego; 7. Off Cape Horn; Postscript; Appendix.show more