A Voyage Towards the South Pole: Performed in the Years 1822-'24. Containing ... a Visit to Tierra Del Fuego, with a Particular Account of the Inhabitants ...

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825 - Antarctica - 276 pages
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Page 181 - Any general character, from the best to the worst, from the most ignorant to the most enlightened, may be given to any community, even to the world at large, by the application of proper means; which means are to a great extent at the command and under the control of those who have influence in the affairs of men.
Page 131 - Fur-Seal is more astonishing than the disproportion in the size of the male and female. A large grown male, from the tip of the nose to the extremity of the tail, is six feet nine inches, while the female is not more than three and a half feet.
Page 132 - They are in their nature completely gregarious ; but they flock together, and assemble on the coast at different periods, and in distinct classes. The males of the largest size go on shore about the middle of November to wait the arrival of the females, who of necessity must soon follow, for the purpose of bringing forth their young. These, in the early part of December, begin to land ; and they are no sooner out of the water, than they are taken possession of by the males, who have many serious...
Page 135 - ... returned to bed. Presently he heard the noise again, rose a second time, but still saw nothing. Conceiving, however, the possibility of a boat being upset, and that some of the crew might be clinging to some detached rocks, he walked along the beach a few steps, and...
Page 46 - It is so indented with bays, that, in several places, where they are on opposite sides, they are so deep as to make the distance from the one side to the other very small. Near the West end, in particular, there is a neck of this kind, about half a mile broad, over which boats are frequently...
Page 122 - ... the land then took a south-easterly direction, varying to the eastward : weather thick and squally, with snow. I thought proper, having property on board, and perhaps deviating from the assurance, to haul off to the westward on my intended voyage. Strong variable winds. Made another cape, and could perceive some high land to the westward of it, and stretching in a SW direction. The weather becoming thick and squally, we made sail to the westward, having sailed 150 miles to...
Page 132 - When these South Shetland Seals were first visited, they had no apprehension of danger from meeting men ; in fact, they would lie still while their neighbours were killed and skinned ; but, latterly, they had acquired habits for counteracting danger, by placing themselves on rocks, from which they could, in a moment, precipitate themselves into the water. The agility of this creature is almost greater than, from its appearance, an observer would anticipate.
Page 135 - Upon searching round, he saw an object lying on a rock a dozen yards from the shore, at which he was somewhat frightened. The face and shoulders appeared of human form, and of a reddish colour ; over the shoulders hung long green hair ; the tail resembled that of the seal, but the extremities of the arms he could not see distinctly. The creature continued to make a musical noise while he gazed about two minutes, and on perceiving him it disappeared in an instant. Immediately when the man saw his...
Page 200 - However, it appeared, by the precautions and fears of the Spaniards, that they were fully convinced of the practicability of the scheme he was sent to execute, and extremely alarmed with the apprehension of its consequences. It is said, that his Majesty King Charles the Second was so far prepossessed with the...
Page 132 - They continue to do this for six or seven weeks, and the shores are then again abandoned till the end of August, when a herd of small young seals of both sexes come on shore for about five or six weeks; soon after they retire to the water. The large male seals take up their places on shore, as has been before described, which completes the intercourse all classes have with the shore during the whole year. "The young are at first black; in a few weeks they become gray, and soon after obtain their...

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