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The World of Ice   By: (1825-1894)

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The Whaling Cruise of "The Dolphin"


The Adventures of Her Crew in the Polar Regions


Robert Michael Ballantyne

Author of "The Dog Crusoe and his Master," "The Young Fur Traders," "The Gorilla Hunters," "Ungava," "The Coral Island," &c.



Dear Reader, most people prefer a short to a long preface. Permit me, therefore, to cut this one short, by simply expressing an earnest hope that my book may afford you much profit and amusement.



CHAPTER I. Some of the "dramatis personæ" introduced Retrospective glances Causes of future effects Our hero's early life at sea A pirate A terrible fight and its consequences Buzzby's helm lashed amidships A whaling cruise begun.

CHAPTER II. Departure of the "Pole Star" for the Frozen Seas Sage reflections of Mrs. Bright, and sagacious remarks of Buzzby Anxieties, fears, surmises, and resolutions Isobel A search proposed Departure of the "Dolphin" for the Far North.

CHAPTER III. The voyage The "Dolphin" and her crew Ice ahead Polar scenes Masthead observations The first whale Great excitement.

CHAPTER IV. The chase and the battle The chances and dangers of whaling war Buzzby dives for his life and saves it So does the whale and loses it An anxious night, which terminates happily, though with a heavy loss.

CHAPTER V. Miscellaneous reflections The coast of Greenland Upernavik News of the "Pole Star" Midnight day Scientific facts and fairy like scenes Tom Singleton's opinion of poor old women In danger of a squeeze Escape.

CHAPTER VI. The gale Anchored to a berg which proves to be a treacherous one Dangers of the "pack" Beset in the ice Mivins shows an inquiring mind Walruses Gale freshens Chains and cables Holding on for life An unexpected discovery A "nip" and its terrible consequences Yoked to an iceberg.

CHAPTER VII. New characters introduced An old game under novel circumstances Remarkable appearances in the sky O'Riley meets with a mishap.

CHAPTER VIII. Fred and the doctor go on an excursion in which, among other strange things, they meet with red snow and a white bear, and Fred makes his first essay as a sportsman.

CHAPTER IX. The "Dolphin" gets beset in the ice Preparations for wintering in the ice Captain Guy's code of laws.

CHAPTER X. Beginning of winter Meetuck effects a remarkable change in the men's appearance Mossing, and working, and plans for a winter campaign.

CHAPTER XI. A hunting expedition, in the course of which the hunters meet with many interesting, dangerous, peculiar, and remarkable experiences, and make acquaintance with seals, walruses, deer, and rabbits.

CHAPTER XII. A dangerous sleep interrupted A night in a snow hut, and an unpleasant visitor Snowed up.

CHAPTER XIII. Journey resumed The hunters meet with bears and have a great fight, in which the dogs are sufferers A bear's dinner Mode in which Arctic rocks travel The ice belt.

CHAPTER XIV. Departure of the sun Effects of darkness on dogs Winter arrangements in the interior of the "Dolphin."

CHAPTER XV. Strangers appear on the scene The Esquimaux are hospitably entertained by the sailors A spirited traffic Thieving propensities and summary justice.

CHAPTER XVI. The Arctic Theatre enlarged upon Great success of the first play The Esquimaux submit, and become fast friends.

CHAPTER XVII. Expeditions on foot Effects of darkness on dogs and men The first death Caught in a trap The Esquimau camp.

CHAPTER XVIII. The hunting party Reckless driving A desperate encounter with a walrus, etc.

CHAPTER XIX. The northern party A narrow escape, and a great discovery Esquimaux again, and a joyful surprise.

CHAPTER XX. Keeping it down Mutual explanations The true comforter Death New Year's day.

CHAPTER XXI. First gleam of light Trip to welcome the sun Bears and strange discoveries O'Riley is reckless First view of the sun.

CHAPTER XXII. The "Arctic Sun" Rats! rats! rats! A hunting party Out on the floes Hardships... Continue reading book >>

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