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Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait

Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait
To Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the Command of Captain F. W. Beechey in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108031059

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About the Authors
  • Frederick William Beechey (1796–1856), naval officer and hydrographer, joined the Navy at a young age and went on to survey coastlines and oceans around the world. He published several accounts of his expeditions to destinations including the Arctic and Africa. This two-volume work, first published in 1831, describes his voyage in 1825–1828 to the Bering Strait, where he was to meet the explorers Sir John Franklin and Sir Edward Parry if they succeeded in finding the North-West Passage. Volume 1 records Beechey's outward journey, including visits to Pitcairn Island, where he met the last surviving Bounty mutineer and documented his story, Tahiti, and Hawai'i, and his first season exploring the Bering Strait. Volume 2 follows the expedition from California via China to its second Arctic summer, and includes a vocabulary of Eskimo words, notes on harbours and navigation, and a vivid description of the northern lights.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108031059
    • length: 1040 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 141 x 62 mm
    • weight: 1.43kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Departure from England
    2. Leave the coast of Chili
    3. Pitcairn Island
    4. Bounty Bay
    5. Visit Oeno Island
    6. Second interview with the natives
    7. Quit Gambier Islands
    8. Boat sent to examine the channel into Bow Island Lagoon
    9. Proceedings at Otaheite
    10. Departure from Otaheite
    11. Quit Kotzebue Sound
    12. Interesting narrative of the boat expedition. Volume 2:
    1. Arrive at San Francisco
    2. Observations on the country of California and its trade
    3. Passage to the Sandwich Islands
    4. Further remarks on the inhabitants
    5. Appearance of Loo Choo
    6. Passage from Loo Choo eastward
    7. Arrive at Chamisso Island

  • Author

    Frederick William Beechey

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