Cruise of the 'Pandora:' Extracts From the Private Journal of Sir Allen Young, R.N.R., F.R.G.S., F.R.A.S., &c., Commander of the Expedition, was published in London in 1876. (154 pages).
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Introductory — Chapter I. The Voyage to Greenland — Chapter II. The Keyolite Mine — Chapter III. Navigation on the Coast of Greenland — Chapter IV. Godhavn and the Waigat — Chapter V. The Passage through Melville Bay — Chapter VI. The Cary Islands — Chapter VII. Lancaster Sound and Barrow Strait — Chapter VIII. Beechey Island — Chapter IX. Peel Strait — Chapter X. An Impassable Barrier — Chapter XI. A Perilous Race with the Ice — Chapter XII. A Second Visit to the Cary Islands — Chapter XIII. The Voyage Home — Appendix: — Notes — Illustrations
.....This narrative has been printed in order that there may be an authentic record of the voyage of the B.Y.S. steam yacht 'Pandora' to the Arctic Seas, in 1875.
.....The objects of the voyage were to visit the western coast of Greenland, thence to proceed through Baffin's Sea, Lancaster Sound, and Barrow Strait, towards the magnetic pole, and, if practicable, to navigate through the North-West Passage to the Pacific Ocean in one season. As, in following this route, the 'Pandora' would pass King William's Island, it was proposed, if successful in reaching that locality, in the summer season, when the snow was off the land, to make a search for further records and for the journals of the ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror,' which were both lost in attempting the same voyage.
.....As no possible advantage to this project could be gained by wintering, it was arranged that the great loss of time and additional expense attending a ten months' purposeless detention in the Arctic Seas should be avoided, if possible, unless such a position could be attained as would render it advisable. In the event of the latter contingency, the ‘Pandora’ was fully equipped, and the crew were engaged to remain for a period of two years' absence from home.
.....The 'Pandora' was formerly a despatch gun-vessel, and was purchased from the Admiralty. She was built for speed, under sail or steam, or both combined, and fitted with engines of 80 horse-power. The ship was taken to the works of Messrs. Day and Summers, at Southampton, to be fortified and prepared with all the modern equipments of an Arctic exploring ship. She was rigged as a barquentine, and carried eight boats, including a steam cutter and three whale-boats.
.....When the repairs and alterations were completed, the 'Pandora' was removed to the docks, and provisioned and stored for eighteen months. The officers and crew were selected, and she anchored in the Southampton Water in June, to receive her gunpowder, and to make final preparations for her adventurous cruise.....