The Geography of Hudson's Bay: Being the Remarks of Captain W. Coats in Many Voyages to that Locality Between the Years 1727 and 1751 ; with an Appendix, Containing Extracts from the Log of Capt. Middleton on His Voyage for the Discovery of the North-west Passage, in H.M.S. "Furnace," in 1741-2

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Página 12 - ... the Tritons and Neptune's selfe would quake with chilling feare to behold such monstrous icie ilands, renting themselves with terrour of their own massines, and disdayning otherwise both the sea's sovereigntie and the sunne's hottest violence, mustering themselves in those watery plaines where they hold a continual civill warre, and rushing one upon another, make windes and waves give backe ; seeming to rent the eares of others, while they rent themselves with crashing and splitting their congealed...
Página 120 - ... indistinct, so that it is not without great difficulties that any observations can be taken. Bottles of strong beer, brandy, strong brine, spirits of wine, set out in the open air for three or four hours, freeze to solid ice. He tried to get the sun's refraction...
Página 121 - There are cellars under the house, where are put the wines, brandy, strong beer, butter, cheese, &c. Four large fires are made in great stoves, built on purpose, every day. As soon as the wood is burnt down to a coal, the tops of the chimneys are close stopped with an iron cover : this keeps the heat within the house, though at...
Página 4 - ... tide, so as to admit the swell, the concussions soon become too violent for a ship, strengthened in the ordinary way, to withstand for any length of time. On this account, it is prudent not to enter the ice without a fair prospect of getting seven or eight leagues within the margin.
Página 124 - ... cold is the air when the wind blows any thing strong. It is observed, that when it has been extreme hard frost by the thermometer, and little or no wind that day, the cold has not near so sensibly affected them, as when the thermometer has shewed much less freezing, having a brisk gale of northerly wind at the same time. This difference may perhaps be occasioned by those sharp-pointed icicles before-mentioned striking more forcibly in a windy day than in calm weather, thereby penetrating the...
Página 119 - Seamen likewise freshen their salt Provisions, by cutting a large Hole through the Ice in the Stream or Tide of the River, which they do at the Beginning of the Winter, and keep it open all that Season. In this Hole they put their salt Meat, and the Minute it is immersed under Water, it becomes pliable and soft, though before its Immersion it was hard frozen. Beef, Pork, Mutton, and Venison, that are killed at the Beginning of the Winter, are preserved by the Frost, for six or seven Months, intirely...
Página 117 - I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that at 5 o'clock PM on the 6th of August last, in latitude 24° 44
Página iv - Company's most experienced sea-captains, grumbled in his private journal that 'what Mr. Dobbs has thought fitt to call a discription of Hudson's Bay, is so erronius, so superficial, and so trifling, in almost every circumstance.
Página 39 - ... using them ; the mid channel will admit of a ship of twelve feet. Observing the tide over a bar one mile broad and one mile within Sand Heads is a little place which affords water for a ship to be afloat, called Little Ship Hole, to distinguish it from another four miles above Sand Heads, called Ship Hole, in three fathoms low water, where we moor and do our business.
Página 126 - I conceive, the action of the sun's beams upon the air and water, as he passes every day over the oceans, considered together with the nature of the soil and situation of the adjoining continents. I say, therefore, first, that according to the laws of...

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