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Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in HM Sloop Chanticleer

Narrative of a Voyage to the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Years 1828, 29, 30, Performed in HM Sloop Chanticleer
Under the Command of the Late Captain Henry Foster
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108041898

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  • W. H. B. Webster (1793–1875) studied medicine and surgery in London, and in 1815 signed up to serve in the Royal Navy as an assistant surgeon. Because it was peacetime, however, he did not secure a position until 1828, when he was posted as ship's surgeon on the South Atlantic scientific mission of HMS Chanticleer under Captain Henry Foster (1796–1831), a Fellow of the Royal Society with extensive experience of surveying expeditions. Published in 1834, this is Webster's two-volume account of the Chanticleer voyage, the objectives of which included work on longitudes, and carrying out gravity pendulum experiments at various latitudes to attempt more accurate calculation of the shape of the earth. Volume 1 describes Webster's impressions of South America, South Africa and Ascension Island. Volume 2 focuses first on Panama, where Foster tragically drowned; the second half of the volume summarises the scientific observations made during the voyage.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108041898
    • length: 840 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Appointed surgeon of the Chanticleer
    2. Some account of Rio Janeiro
    3. Continuation of the voyage
    4. The town of Monte Video
    5. Depart for the southward
    6. Departure from Staten Island
    7. Deception Island
    8. Difficulty of getting away from Deception Island
    9. Climate of Cape Horn
    10. Joined by His Majesty's ship Adventure
    11. Bear up for Mossel Bay
    12. Moored in Table Bay
    13. A trip into the country
    14. Newlands and country-seats
    15. Seasons and climate of the Cape
    16. Departure for the Cape
    17. Napoleon's grave
    18. Sail for Ascension in company with the Eden. Volume 2:
    1. Climate of Ascension
    2. Sail for Fernando Noronha
    3. Leave Fernando Noronha
    4. Visit a convent
    5. Proceed to Para
    6. Departure from Para
    7. Healthiness of Trinidad
    8. Departure from Trinidad
    9. Lieutenant Austin despatched to seek rocket stations
    10. Return of Lieutenant Austin and his party
    11. The rockets not seen
    12, Official report of the foregoing event from Acting Commander Austin to the Hydrographer of the Admiralty

  • Author

    W. H. B. Webster

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