Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration: A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage: While in Search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin

Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration: A Personal Narrative of the Discovery of the North-West Passage: While in Search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin

While in Search of the Expedition under Sir John Franklin

by Alexander Armstrong

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 14/07/2011

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The H.M.S. Investigator spent the years 1850-4 in the Western Arctic engaged in a search for the lost expedition of the explorer Sir John Franklin. In this 1857 publication Alexander Armstrong (1818-99), surgeon and naturalist to the ship, gives a first-hand account of life on board during the voyage, as testimony to the 'heroism, devotion, and endurance' of his shipmates. He describes the harsh conditions that the crew had to endure, and argues convincingly that no travel 'more thoroughly tests man's powers of endurance, both morally and physically' than travelling in the Arctic. He also notes that lemon juice proved the most effective remedy against scurvy. Armstrong's natural history research was cut short when the ship was abandoned and his collections left behind, but he includes an appendix listing the animals and birds observed on the voyage, and the Arctic plants collected by a friend and colleague.
ISBN:
9781108033350
9781108033350
Category:
Geographical discovery & exploration
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
14-07-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
654
Dimensions (mm):
216x140x37mm
Weight:
0.82kg

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