History of the Voyages and Discoveries Made in the North

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G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1786 - Arctic regions - 489 pages

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Page 66 - ... it may be only three miles [from the fea] to the moors, which are in fome parts fo wide, that a man could fcarcely pafs over them in a fortnight, and in other parts per-r haps in a week f.
Page 63 - Whale-e<r/ ever go, and then proceeded in his courfe due north, as far as he could fail within another three days, whilft the land lay from thence due eali, even unto the inland a, he knows not how far [in that direction].
Page 63 - North, and failed near that land eaftward as far as he could in four days, where he waited for a due north wind, becaufe the land there lies due South.
Page 62 - Finnas (45) for the moft part dwell, for hunting in the winter, and in the fummer for fifhing in that fea. He faid that he was determined to find out once on a time, how far this country extended due North, or, whether any one lived to the North of the waftes before mentioned.
Page 489 - O that men would therefore praife the Lord for his goodnefs, and for all the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
Page 404 - ... to him, the amiable manner with which he knew how to gain the friendship of all the savage and uncultivated nations, and even his conduct towards his friends and acquaintance, we must acknowledge him to have been one of the greatest men of his age, and that Reason justifies the tear which Friendship pays to his memory.
Page ix - ... of linen cloth are placed for the purpose of catching the wind, and receiving its propelling power. It has been requisite also to add vast quantities of cordage and tackling. Yet all these would be insufficient for the perfect government and direction of the vessel, if there were not fastened to the hinder part of it, by means of hinges and hooks, a moveable piece of wood called the rudder, very small in proportion to the whole machine, but the least inclination of which to either side is sufficient...
Page 83 - At laft they came to a lake, from which the river took its rife. Here they determined to pafs the winter, which they accordingly did ; and "in the...
Page xi - ... governed with as much ease as the smallest boat. And yet if such a ship sailed along the coast only, and, like the navigators of old, never lost sight of the shore, we might still look on navigation as an easy business. But to find the shortest way across an ocean from 4000 to 6000 miles in width, sailing by day or by night, in fair weather or in foul, as well when the sky is overcast, as when it is clear, with no other guide than the compass, or the height of the sun, the moon and stars, with...
Page 71 - Eastland, and the Vistula from the south from Wendland, and then the Vistula deprives the Elbing of its name, and runs out of that mere west, and north into the sea ; therefore it is called the Vistula's mouth. Eastland is very large, and there are in it many towns, and in every town is a king ; and there is also a great quantity of honey and fishing, and the king and the richest men drink mares' milk, and the poor and the slaves drink mead.

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