. Narrative of discovery and adventure in the polar seas and regions [microform] : with illustrations of their climate, geology, and natural history; with an account of the whale-fishery. Natural history; Sciences naturelles. Ill ill I 120 NORTH-EAST VOYAGES. of departed friends whom they cherished with pious veneration; but it does not very exactly appeu* how the Samoiedes should have had friends with six or eight faces. The expedition had some difficulty in working their way through the Strait of Waygatz,—after pass- ing which, and sailing for some space along the coast of Nova Zembla, they

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. Narrative of discovery and adventure in the polar seas and regions [microform] : with illustrations of their climate, geology, and natural history; with an account of the whale-fishery. Natural history; Sciences naturelles. Ill ill I 120 NORTH-EAST VOYAGES. of departed friends whom they cherished with pious veneration; but it does not very exactly appeu* how the Samoiedes should have had friends with six or eight faces. The expedition had some difficulty in working their way through the Strait of Waygatz,—after pass- ing which, and sailing for some space along the coast of Nova Zembla, they
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. Narrative of discovery and adventure in the polar seas and regions [microform] : with illustrations of their climate, geology, and natural history; with an account of the whale-fishery. Natural history; Sciences naturelles. Ill ill I 120 NORTH-EAST VOYAGES. of departed friends whom they cherished with pious veneration; but it does not very exactly appeu* how the Samoiedes should have had friends with six or eight faces. The expedition had some difficulty in working their way through the Strait of Waygatz,—after pass- ing which, and sailing for some space along the coast of Nova Zembla, they were repelled by the icy bar- riers ; but having by perseverance rounded these, they arrived at a wide, blue, open sea, with the coast bending rapidly southward; and though this was only the shore of the Gulf of Obi, they doubted not that it was the eastern boundary of Asia, and would afford an easy passage down upon China. Instead, however, of prosecuting this voyage, they determined to hasten back and communicate to their countrymen this joyful intelligence. The two divisions met on the coast of Russian Lapland, and arrived in the Texel on the 16th September. The intelligence conveyed in regard to the latter part of this expedition kindled the most sanguine hopes in the government and people of Hollands Prince Maurice and the States-General no longer con. fined themselves to empty praise and sanction, but sup- plied funds to aid in a fresh voyage. Six vessels were fitted out, not as for adventure and discovery, but as for assured success, and for carrying on an extensive traffic in the golden regions of the East. They were laden with merchandise, and well supplied with money; while a seventh, a light yacht, was in- structed to follow them till they had passed Tabis, the supposed bounding promontory of Asia; when, having finally extricated themselves from the Polar ices, and directed their course to China, it was to. S, W v.. Please note that these images are extracted from

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