The Cruise of the Corwin

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In the spring of 1881, the steamship Thomas Corwin began a daring voyage of 15,000 nautical miles into treacherous Arctic seas to search for captain G. W. De Long and his ship Jeannette, which had left San Francisco two years earlier to drift across the North Pole while trapped in ice. There had been no word from the Jeannette for months. The ship was never found, but John Muir's account of this expedition—which includes vivid descriptions of ice-choked seas, Arctic vegetation, awe-inspiring glaciers, and the ...

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The Cruise of the Corwin: journal of the Arctic expedition in 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette

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In the spring of 1881, the steamship Thomas Corwin began a daring voyage of 15,000 nautical miles into treacherous Arctic seas to search for captain G. W. De Long and his ship Jeannette, which had left San Francisco two years earlier to drift across the North Pole while trapped in ice. There had been no word from the Jeannette for months. The ship was never found, but John Muir's account of this expedition—which includes vivid descriptions of ice-choked seas, Arctic vegetation, awe-inspiring glaciers, and the native people—captures the magic and mystery of the farthest reaches of the American frontier.
Founder of the Sierra Club and its president until his death, discoverer of Glacier Bay and father of the national park system, John Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump over the back fence." In a world confronting the deterioration of the natural environment and an ever-quickening pace of life, the attraction of Muir's writings has never been greater.

This latest addition to the John Muir Library--our ongoing program to reissue the complete works of the first great conservationist author--combines adventures in the Arctic North with Muir's perceptions of "the wild glory of the earth" (New York Times). Founder of the Sierra Club, Muir (1838-1914) did more than any other individual to shape the 20th-century conservation movement.

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In the spring of 1881, the steamship began a daring voyage of 15,000 nautical miles into treacherous Arctic seas to search for Captain G. W. De Long and his ship The ship was never found, but Muir's account of the expedition captures the magic and mystery of the farthest reaches of the northern frontier. First published in 1917 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Muir, one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history, founded the Sierra Club and was father to the national park system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780618057016
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 551,003
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. He was instrumental in the creation and passage of the National Parks Act, and founder of the Sierra Club, acting as its president until his death. Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence."

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Here he describes a polar sunset at midnight: “At midnight the sun is still above the horizon two diameters; purple to west and east, gradually fading to dark slate color in the south with a few banks of cloud. A bar of gold in the path of the sun lay on the water and across the pack, the large blocks [of ice] in the line burning like huge coals of fire.”
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Unalaska and the Aleuts 1
2 Among the Islands of Bering Sea 14
3 Siberian Adventures 23
4 In Peril from the Pack 34
5 A Chukchi Orator 40
6 Eskimos and Walrus 48
7 At Plover Bay and St. Michael 56
8 Return of the Search Party 67
9 Villages of the Dead 79
10 Glimpses of Alaskan Tundra 89
11 Caribou and a Native Fair 100
12 Zigzags among the Polar Pack 109
13 First Ascent of Herald Island 118
14 Approaching a Mysterious Land 125
15 The Land of the White Bear 133
16 Tragedies of the Whaling Fleet 144
17 Meeting the Point Barrow Expedition 154
18 A Siberian Reindeer Herd 161
19 Turned Back by Storms and Ice 170
20 Homeward Bound 176
App. I. The Glaciation of the Arctic and Subarctic Regions Visited during the Cruise 185
App. II. Botanical Notes 205
Index 220
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