Letters from High Latitudes: Being Some Account of a Voyage, in 1856, in the Schooner Yacht "Foam," to Iceland, Jan Mayen, & Spitzbergen

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Էջ xii - It is a strange thing that, in sea voyages, where there is nothing to be seen but sky and sea, men should make diaries; but in land travel, wherein so much is to be observed, for the most part they omit it; as if chance were fitter to be registered than observation: let diaries, therefore, be brought in use.
Էջ 34 - Indeed, few people can have any notion of the cosiness of a yacht's cabin under such circumstances. After having remained for several hours on deck, in the presence of the tempest — peering through the darkness at those black liquid walls of water, mounting above you in ceaseless agitation, or tumbling over in cataracts of gleaming foam, the wind roaring through the rigging, timbers creaking as if the ship would break its heart, the spray and rain beating in your face, everything around in tumult...
Էջ 98 - ... full speed toward the great basin. By the time we reached its brim, however, the noise had ceased, and all we could see was a slight movement in the centre, as if an angel had passed by and troubled the water. Irritated at this false alarm, we determined to revenge ourselves by going and tormenting the Strokr. Strokr — or the churn — you must know, is an unfortunate...
Էջ 60 - I pretended not to observe that my glass had been refilled ; and, like the sea-captain, who, slipping from between his two opponents, left them to blaze away at each other the long night through, - withdrew from the combat. But it would not do ; with untasted bumpers, and dejected faces, they politely waited until I should give the signal for a renewal of hostilities, as they well deserved to be called.
Էջ 261 - Then Thormod took the tongs, and pulled the iron out; but on the iron there was a hook, at which there hung some morsels of flesh from the heart, — some white, some red.
Էջ 63 - As the happiness of these quotations seemed to produce a very pleasing effect on my auditors, I subjoin a translation of them for the benefit of the unlearned :— 1. "Comes home to men's business and bosoms."— Paterfamilias, Times.
Էջ 99 - As he has no basin to protect him from these liberties, you can approach to the very edge of the pipe, about five feet in diameter, and look down at the boiling water which is perpetually seething at the bottom. In a few minutes the dose of turf you have just administered begins to disagree with him ; he works himself up into an awful passion — tormented by the qualms of incipient sickness he groans and hisses and boils up...
Էջ 224 - ... breeze, formed an immense expanse on the west ; the icebergs, rearing their proud crests almost to the tops of the mountains between which they were lodged, and defying the power of the solar beams, were scattered in various directions about the sea-coast, and in the adjoining bays. Beds of snow and ice, filling extensive hollows, and giving an enamelled coat to adjoining valleys, one of which, commencing at the foot of the mountain where we stood, extended in a continued line...
Էջ 91 - On the left lay a long rampart of green hills, opening up every now and then into Scottish glens and gorges, while from their roots to the horizon stretched a vast breadth of meadow-land, watered by two or three rivers, that wound, and twisted, and coiled about like blue serpents. Here and there, white volumes of vapour that rose in endless wreaths from the ground told of mighty...

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