This second volume of William Scoresby's journals contains the unpublished accounts of his three voyages in the Esk in 1814-16. As before, these lengthy journals combine scientific records and social and religious comment as well as detailed descriptions of navigation and whaling. They also continue to demonstrate the competence and confidence of Scoresby which were evident from the moment he assumed command of the Resolution in 1811. However, each of the journals also shows the dangers inherent in what might otherwise seem to be routine annual sailings to the Greenland Sea in latitudes 78° to 80° N.
Contents: Preface; Introduction: The voyages; Charles Steward; Scoresby's personal and religious development; Scoresby the scientist; Conclusion. The Journals of William Scoresby the Younger and Charles Steward: Journal of 1814; Journal of Charles Steward of 1814; Journal of 1815; Journal of 1816; Appendix: Scoresby's Navigation, by George Huxtable; Works cited; Index.
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