A General History of Voyages and Travels to the End of the 18th Century, Volume 14

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J. Ballantyne & Company, 1815

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Page 266 - Ninety-seven ice hills were distinctly seen within the field, besides those on the outside — many of them very large, and looking like a ridge of mountains rising one above another till they were lost in the clouds.
Page 266 - Soon after, it was seen from the top-mast-head; and at eight o'clock, we were close to its edge. It extended east and west, far beyond the reach of our sight. In the situation we were in, just the southern half of our horizon was illuminated, by the rays of light reflected from the ice, to a considerable height.
Page 274 - No one yet knows (says he) to what distance any of the oceanic birds go to sea ; for my own part, I do not believe there is one in the whole tribe that can be relied on in pointing out the vicinity of land.
Page 250 - SIR Drake, whom well the world's end knew, Which thou didst compass round, And whom both poles of heaven once saw, Which north and south do bound: The stars above would make thee known, If men here silent were ; The sun himself cannot forget His fellow traveller.
Page 104 - A prospect more rude and craggy is rarely to be met with ; for inland appears nothing but the summits of mountains of a stupendous height, and consisting of rocks that are totally barren and naked, except where they are covered with snow.
Page 270 - I did not take some opportunity to declare, that they always shewed the utmost readiness to carry into execution, in. the most effectual manner, every measure I thought proper to take. Under such circumstances, it is hardly necessary to say, that the seamen were always obedient and alert ; and, on this occasion, they were so far from wishing the voyage at an end, that they rejoiced at the prospect of its being prolonged another year, and of soon enjoying the benefits of a milder climate.
Page 150 - I found there was not a sufficient depth of water ; though it caused such an indraught of the tide of flood through it, as was very near proving fatal to the Resolution ; for as soon as the ships got into this stream, they were carried with great impetuosity towards the reef.
Page 446 - ... use these people saw made of our fire-arms, my friend begged to have it} and when he landed, told his countrymen in what manner it was killed. The day being far spent, and the tide not permitting us to stay longer in the creek, we took leave of the people, and got on board a little after sunset. From this little excursion, I found that we were to expect nothing from these people but the privilege of visiting their country undisturbed. For it was easy to see they had little else than good-nature...
Page 176 - For we had a vast crowd about us; so that it might be truly said we dined in public. The chief never failed to drink his glass of Madeira whenever it came to his turn, not only now, but at all other times when he dined with us, without ever being once affected by it. As soon as we had dined, the boat's crew took the remainder; and by them, and those about them, the whole was consumed. When we rose up, many of the common people rushed in, to pick up the crumbs which had fallen, and for which they...
Page 14 - She must also be of a construction that will bear to take the ground; and of a size, which in case of necessity, may be safely and conveniently laid on shore, to repair any accidental damage or defect. These properties are not to be found in ships of war of forty guns, nor in frigates, nor in East India Company's ships, nor in large three-decked West India ships, nor indeed in any other but North-country-built ships, or such as are built for the coal-trade, which are peculiarly adapted to this purpose.

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