My Father Being Records Of The Adventurous Life Of The Late William Scoresby Of Whitby By His Son The Rev by William ScoresbyMy Father Being Records Of The Adventurous Life Of The Late William Scoresby Of Whitby By His Son The Rev by William Scoresby

My Father Being Records Of The Adventurous Life Of The Late William Scoresby Of Whitby By His Son…

byWilliam Scoresby

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1851. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 195 Chapter VI. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS AND MISCELLANEOUS NOTICES. Section I.--Superiority as an Arctic Navigator. My Father's superiority as a fisherman, as exhibited in the foregoing pages, had an essential relation to his talents as a seaman and a navigator. The former, indeed, was in no inconsiderable degree a fruit of the latter; for it was his superiority as a navigator of iceencumbered seas particularly, which, for a considerable series of years, enabled him generally to obtain a position in advance of his competitors, and thus yielded to him the best opportunities, whilst the ground was undisturbed, for making his fishery. Not only, indeed, was he thus unrivalled among his associates in Arctic enterprise, but to him was due the introduction of a truly scientific system of arrangements, which, with their masterly application in practice, enabled him at all times, when "beating to windward" among crowded ices, or contending under the greatest obstructions and difficulties for a passage "to the northward," to take the lead. The penetration of the Greenland ices, whilst in search of whales, being very prevalently pursued by beating to windward, or by sailing "on a wind,"--so prevalently, indeed, that, during a quarter of a century from my Father's commencement in command, nine days out of ten, or more, were spent in this description of navigation,--it became a matter of grand importance to have the ship, as "to trim," "cut of the sails," ballasting, etc., specially prepared for sailing " close-hauled." For this style of navigation, the arrangements prevalent in the merchant service, at the time, were most ill adapted. When without cargo, the ships usually went in light "ballast-trim," and had their sails cut so as to "bag " into a deep concave on the side ac...
Title:My Father Being Records Of The Adventurous Life Of The Late William Scoresby Of Whitby By His Son…Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217021522

ISBN - 13:9780217021524

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