This second volume of William Scoresby's journals contains the unpublished accounts of his three voyages in the Esk in 1814-16.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.
Table of Contents
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.
Ian Jackson was born in Keighly in 1935 and has geography degrees from London and McGill Universities. He was one of four wintering members of the Canadian International Geophysical Year expedition to northern Ellesmere Island in 1957-8 and his account of that year, Does Anyone Read Lake Hazen?, was published by the Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press in 2002. He taught at the London School of Economics from 1959 to 1969, and then occupied a series of environmental and policy planning positions in the Canadian Government in Ottawa. From 1978 to 1981 he was a member of the United Nations Secretariat in Geneva and New York and then Executive Director of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society at its head-quarters in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been a member of The Hakluyt Society since the 1960s, and has served on its Council. He is an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, and his volume in 2000 for the Champlain Society (Toronto) entitled Letters from the 49th Parallel, 1857-1873 was based on material in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Volume I of the Scoresby journals appeared in 2003, Volume II in 2008.