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From Edinburgh to the Antarctic: An Artist's Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892?93

From Edinburgh to the Antarctic: An Artist's Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892?93

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Scottish artist W. G. Burn Murdoch (1862–1939) joined a whaling expedition to Antarctica that left Dundee in 1892. He was on board the barque Balaena, the largest of the ships in the group, and under the command of Captain Fairweather. They were searching for the valuable Bowhead whale, which had been sighted on Ross' 1839–43 Antarctic expedition. Although unsuccessful at achieving this aim, the ships returned in 1893 loaded with seal pelts. First published in 1894, this is Murdoch's account of the expedition, illustrated throughout with his sketches. He documents each stage of the voyage, and describes living conditions on the Balaena. His illustrations include scenes such as the Ship's departure and ice landscapes, as well as focusing on the daily work of the crew. The Ship's naturalist, William S. Bruce (1867–1921), wrote the final chapter, focusing on the scientific observations he made during the voyage.

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ISBN-13: 9781108048248
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. Written in the North-East trades, recalling our departure from Edinburgh and the University Hall; 2. In Dundee we sign articles as assistant-surgeon on the barque Balaena, bound for the Antarctic and the adjacent seas; 3. A short account of the origin and objects of the Dundee Antarctic expedition; 4. Further notes during the bad weather; 5. Fine weather at sea; 6. Old horse day; 7. An account of how two boys came to stow away in the Balaena, written by one of them; 8. We run into the North-East trades; 9. We cross the Line; 10. A tropical storm; 11. Albatross fishing; 12. Changeable weather; 13. The Falkland Islands; 14. Leave the Falklands; 15. Christmas Eve in the Antarctic ice; 16. Christmas Day; 17. The pack-ice that barred the progress of Ross's sailing vessels; 18. Off to the North again; 19. By W. S. Bruce, naturalist on the Balaena.

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