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The private journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla : during the recent voyage of discovery under Captain Parry, 1821-1823

Author: G F LyonRobert L DothardJames HoustonA. Colish (Firm),Imprint Society (Barre, Mass.),All authors
Publisher: Barre, Mass. : Imprint Society, MCMLXX [1970]
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This is a vivid account of Arctic exploration in its most classical period. The journal clearly demonstrates the observant, warm-hearted personality of its chronicler, an officer of the Royal Navy, a man of sensibility and courage. Its accurate descriptions and thoughtful understanding of the Eskimo people make it almost unique as an early nineteenth-century document. George Francis Lyon appeared in the Arctic in  Read more...
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Named Person: G F Lyon; William Edward Parry, Sir; G F Lyon; William Edward Parry, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G F Lyon; Robert L Dothard; James Houston; A. Colish (Firm),; Imprint Society (Barre, Mass.),; Monadnock Paper Mills,
ISBN: 0876360010 9780876360019
OCLC Number: 278939
Notes: This edition of The private journal of Captain G.F. Lyon has been designed by Robert L. Dothard for the members of the Imprint Society. Nineteen hundred and fifty copies have been printed at the Press of A. Colish in Mount Vernon, New York. The book is set in Monotype Bulmer, printed from the type on permanent rag paper specially made with the Society's watermark by the Monadnock Paper Mills in New Hampshire, and bound by the J.F. Tapley Company in New Jersey. The illustrations have been drawn by James A. Houston. -- Colophon.
On spine: Lyon's private journal, 1821-23.
"Originally published in London in 1824."
Description: xvii, [3], 297, [1] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill., map ; 31 cm.
Contents: 1.: Departure from England --
2.: Expedition to examine Hurd's Channel; Anchor within it; Farther examination; Gore Bay discovered; Red snow; Dangers of Hurd's Channel: Enter a large inlet; Captain Parry's absence in boats; He meets with natives; Captain Parry's second absence and return; Approach of winter; Ships stopped by young ice; Cut into and take winter quarters --
3.: Ships take to their winter quarters; Theatricals; The school; Observatory built; Foxes; Shortest day; Christmas; The aurora; New year; Arctic fox; Wine frozen; Arrival of the Eskimaux, and a pack of wolves; Snow houses; Interior arrangement; Tattooing; Honesty of the natives; Frost bites; Luxuries; Manner of sewing; Boldness of the wolves; Music; Arnalooa --
4.: Wolf caught; The snuff-box; Seals caught; Voracious feeding; The marines; Okotook and Iligliak; an eclipse; Ayookitt; Walrus killed; The thirteenth wolf killed; Charts obtained; Journey across the island; A dance; Kettle and the spirit; Beef stolen --
5.: Natives leave their stations; Gluttony; Deserted huts; The first thaw; Arrival of birds; Land expedition; Snow blindness; Snow storm; Return to the ships; Death of a seaman; Deer are seen; Singular phenomenon; Canal completes; The gardens; Appearance of the island; Death of two seaman; Ice breaks up, and we leave the island --
6.: Leave winter island; Dangerous navigation; the coast; Barrow River; Walrus killed; New natives; Land at Igloolik; Tents; Inhabitants; Bad weather; Hospitality of natives; State of the ice; Bone huts; Salmon procured; Land journey with Toolemak; Sledges; Fires; A ball; The koonik; Return on board --
7.: Enter strait of Fury and Hecla; Land journeys; State of the reason; Bears killed; Liddon Island; Amherst Island; Examine state of thin ice; A cave; Extraordinary currents; Seek winter quarters; Igloolik; Ice huts; An anchor lost; Ships frozen in --
8.: Annatko; A man beats his wifes; Geographical intelligence; Strangers arrive; White wolf; Sun leaves us for forty-two days; Toolemak's hut; Christmas-day; Distresses of the natives; Effect of the climate --
9.: Persons of Eskimaux; Their dress and ornaments; Occupations of the women; Canoes; Sledges; Weapons; Hunting on the ice; Dogs; Land animals; Wolf-traps; Fishing; Geographical knowledge; General disposition; Marriages; Estimation of women; Treatment of children; Conduct to the aged, to the sick, and the dead; Superstitions --
10.: New Year's day; Anecdotes of bears --
The sun returns--
Drift wood; A sick women and child; They die; Visit to the grave; Man eaten by dogs; Kagha; Her death; A theft; Visit distant huts; Specimens of eating; Scurvy; Death of Mr. Elder; Arrangements for Fury to remain another year; Toolemak drunk; Appearance of vegetation; Strangers arrive; Variety of a woman; Togorlat's death; Toolemak takes leave --
11.: Journey in search of a western sea, and return; Arrival of strangers; Fish procured; A river discovered; Mice; Mr. Hoppner's two excursions; Walrus sinks a boat; The ice breaks up; Reasons for the ships returning home; The ships make an offing --
12.: Expedition returning; Danger of the ships while driving; Lyon Inlet; Death of Mr. George Fife; His case; The ships drive out of Lyon Inlet; Open water seen, and an offing made; Passage down Hudson's Strait and across the Atlantic; Arrival and hospitable reception at Lerwick.
Other Titles: Lyon's private journal.
Responsibility: introduction and illustrations by James A. Houston.

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This is a vivid account of Arctic exploration in its most classical period. The journal clearly demonstrates the observant, warm-hearted personality of its chronicler, an officer of the Royal Navy, a man of sensibility and courage. Its accurate descriptions and thoughtful understanding of the Eskimo people make it almost unique as an early nineteenth-century document. George Francis Lyon appeared in the Arctic in the 1820's at the very height of the feverish quest for the Northwest Passage to the Orient. For over two centuries before Lyon's first journey in the Arctic on board the Hecla, more than two score of European ships with their daring crews had set out to discover a northern trade route to China. All had been lost or driven back by the power of the moving ice. The expedition of the Fury and Hecla from 1821-1823 was yet another venture that failed to navigate the narrow ice-choked passage to the western sea, but the observations of both Perry and Lyon, the leaders of the expedition, made considerable additions to the geographical and scientific knowledge of the eastern and central Arctic. -- from Introduction.

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