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A New Voyage Round the World in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. Vol. 1   By: (1787-1846)

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[Illustration: S. Freeman, Sc.

RECEPTION OF CAPTAIN KOTZEBUE AT THE ISLAND OF OTDIA]

A

NEW VOYAGE

ROUND

THE WORLD,

IN THE YEARS 1823, 24, 25, AND 26.

BY OTTO VON KOTZEBUE,

POST CAPTAIN IN THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL NAVY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET. 1830.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY SAMUEL BENTLEY, Dorset Street, Fleet Street.

PREFACE.

The flattering requisitions of those readers who found amusement in the narrative of my former voyage, independently of its scientific details, form an incentive to my present publication. All mere nautical minutiƦ, which might be deemed tedious, with the exception of such as were indispensable, have been omitted. Various contingencies have delayed the appearance of these Volumes; but I still hope they will not have altogether lost the charm of novelty.

With respect to my style, I rely upon the favour formerly shewn me. Devoted from my earliest youth to the sea service, I have had no leisure for cultivating the art of authorship.

TO HIS EXCELLENCY ADMIRAL VON KRUSENSTERN,

THE FIRST RUSSIAN CIRCUMNAVIGATOR;

WHOSE NAME WILL BE IMMORTALIZED BY HIS ACTIVE AND BENEFICIAL PATRONAGE OF THE NAUTICAL SCIENCE:

TO MY PATERNAL FRIEND,

WHOM, WHILE STILL A BOY, I ACCOMPANIED ON HIS CELEBRATED EXPEDITION, AND UNDER WHOSE AUSPICES I RECEIVED MY EARLY EDUCATION AS A SEAMAN;

THESE VOLUMES ARE DEDICATED WITH THE MOST AFFECTIONATE RESPECT.

CONTENTS

OF

THE FIRST VOLUME.

Page.

INTRODUCTION 1

VOYAGE TO BRAZIL 5

RIO JANEIRO 27

DOUBLING OF CAPE HORN, AND RESIDENCE IN CHILI 57

THE DANGEROUS ARCHIPELAGO 101

O TAHAITI 119

PITCAIRN ISLAND 225

NAVIGATORS' ISLANDS 251

RADACK ISLANDS 289

LIST OF PLATES.

Page.

Reception of Captain Kotzebue at the Island of Otdia, To face Title of Vol. I.

Plan of Mattaway Bay and Village 200

Chart of the Navigators' Islands 250

Chart of the Islands of Radak and Ralik 288

Nomahanna, Queen of the Sandwich Islands, To face Title of Vol. II.

INTRODUCTION.

In the month of March of the year 1823, I was appointed by his Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, of glorious memory, to the command of a ship, at that time unfinished, but named the Predpriatie (the Enterprise). She had been at first destined for a voyage purely scientific, but circumstances having occurred which rendered it necessary to change the object of the expedition, I was ordered to take in at Kronstadt a cargo to Kamtschatka, and to sail from the latter place to the north west coast of America, in order to protect the Russian American Company from the smuggling carried on there by foreign traders. On this station my ship was to remain for one year, and then, being relieved by another, to return to Kronstadt. The course to be followed, both in going and returning, was left entirely to my own discretion.

On the first of May, the ship, whose Russian name, Predpriatie, I shall for the future omit, was declared complete. She was the first vessel built in Russia under a roof, (a very excellent plan,) was the size of a frigate of a middling rank, and, that she might not be unnecessarily burdened, was provided with only twenty four six pounders.

My crew consisted of Lieutenants Kordinkoff, Korsakoff, Bordoschewitsch, and Pfeifer; the Midshipmen Gekimoff, Alexander von Moller, Golowin, Count Heiden, Tschekin, Murawieff, Wukotitsch, and Paul von Moller; the Mates, Grigorieff, Gekimoff, and Simokoff, eight petty officers, and one hundred and fifteen sailors... Continue reading book >>




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