The North Pacific surveying and exploring expedition : or, My last cruise, where we went and what we saw, being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River
- Habersham, Alexander Wylly
- Print Source:
- Philadelphia : London: J.B. Lippincott ; Trubner, 1857
- Publication Info:
- Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Library
- Table of Contents:
- "Chapter I. : Introduces the Reader to the Expedition, and Carries him to the Cape of Good Hope; After which he is Taken back to the Cape De Verde Islands, and from Thence again to the Cape of Good Hope.""Chapter II. : We receive a visit which is not intended to inquire after our Health, and make the Acquaintance of ""Lieutenant Paget, R.N.;"" After which the Purser and Myself ""Smell a Rat"" and fire at a Catbird, to the Infinite Terror of some Hottentot Women.""Chapter III. : We make up a Party to Visit Cape Town, and Take our Seats in a Chariot- We Read Poetry in your Language, and think that it Must be a Fine Thing to be a Mormon- We make the Acquaintance of an Eager Gentleman, and Conceive a High Idea of the Hospitality of Cape Town. ""Chapter IV. : We Leave Simon's Town and Sail for Batavia, Hwere we Receive a Visit that does Delate to our Health, and see a Remarkable Gun; After which we Listen to Several Astonishing Accounts from an English Resident, and Again put to Sea.""Chapter V. : We Reach Gaspar Straits, and Commence out Survey by firing a Gun- I am ordered on Temporary Duty, which Lasts four months and enables me to Visit Singapore - - Vast Preparations of an Alarmist to Receive Pirates,a nd the way in which we learned the meaning of the Malay word ""Man-Ar-R.""""Chapter VI. : We are Deserted by the Hancook and Kennedy, and find Ourselves Called upon to enjoy a Moonlight walk, Which Proves to be so Pleasant that we Continue the Excerise for two days- We visit a Malay Village, and are Cautioned Against the Ferocity of Chinese Dogs.""Chapter VII. : We Arrive at Hong-Kong, and fine more Repairs wanted- Commander Ringgold Returns to the United Stated in Bad Health, and Lieutenant-Commanding John Rodgers takes the Command of the Expedition- Something about Human Life and Ducks in China, and how we were Liberally Entertained by the Foreign Merchants of Canton.""Chapter VIII. : How we Talked of ""Visting Pekin by Water,"" and how the ""Old John"" and Cooper were Pressed into the Corps Diplomatique-How an old tub Amused Herself by Rolling her Masts out, and how a New-York Pilot-Boat weathered a Gale-How we Visited the Great City of Fou-Chow-Foo, and how we saw Cormorants Catching Fish.""Chapter IX. : We arrive at Shangham, Whence we Sail with the Commissioners for the Pi-Ho - We pass Over the Yellow Sea in fine Style, Anchor in Sight of the Mouth of the Pi-Ho, and send in the Smaller Vessels- We Fail to ""Reach Pekin by Water,"" and return to Disgust to Shanghae, Where the Old John's Engine ""Runs Down."" ""Chapter X. : We hear a Distressing Rumor and are Greatly Dispirited- We are Requested by the Merchants of Shanghae to Attack a Piratical Squadron, and Evince a Praiseworthy Readiness for Action- The Old John Astonishes the Chinesse of the Wan-Chew River, After Which she Visits Formosa and Liberates Two Chinese Convicts.""Chapter XI. : Something about the Anakirima Group of Isalnds, and Climbing Hills- Also a Work in Regard to Loo-Chooans, and Two Missionaries who Resided Among them, and how it was that we Left Loo-Choo and Arrived in Japan.""Chapter XII. : We Land in Japan, and Visit a Number of Americans and One Russian- ""Mahomet and the Mountain"" Differ as to the Most Pleasant Direction for a Stroll, and Finally Part Company, to the Evident Annoyance of the Latter.""Chapter XIII. : Something about Buying and Selling in Japan, and how they used Commodore Perry's Threaty to Swindle us- Also, how they ask Foreigners to let People enjoy Their Meals in Quiet, and how a Foreigner Felt Unusually Small.""Chapter XIV. : Somehing about Baths and Bathing in Japan, and how they Objected to our Surveying Their Coasts- How we Overcame Their Objections, and how Tats-Nosky took Several long Rides- How Bunsby Discovered Land, and how the ""Old John"" Crossed the Straits of T'Sugar.""Chapter XV. : How Brass Buttons are Valued in Japan, and how Partridges are There Transformed into Singing-Birds- How we Visited a Sea-God's Temple, and how a German Explorer Preferred Remaining Outside- How some Americans Leaned on Commodore Perry's Threaty, and how it Gave way Under them.""Chapter XVI. : We pass Before the Great City of Matsmai, to the Wonder of the Japanese, Continue to the Northward along the West Coast of the Island of Jesso, Beat a Japanese Officer on the head, and Finally Arrive at the Town of Tomabi, Where we have a good look at the Ainu, or ""Hairy Kuriles""- The last of Japan and tthe Commencement of a Heavy Fog.""Chapter XVII. : We Beach the Peninsula of Kamtschatka, folow its West Coast to the Northward and Discover a Coal-Mine and Half-Buried Village- After which we prove a New-Fashioned Bootjack, and take a dip into the Science of Geology- We find that Shower-baths are not Always Cleansing.""Chapter XVIII. : We leave the Coal-Mine for a hunt, and Encounter another party Similarly Engaged- We return with them to the Village and arm Hospitably Entertained- The Headman not an Advocate of the Maine Liquor-Law- How we ""Coaled Ship,"" and how we ran a race with Flood-Tide.""Chapter XIX. : We Enter the Gulf of Penjinks and Reach out Highest Northern Latitude, After which we Reurn to the Okotsk, and Corss over the Coast of Siberia- We narrowly Escape Shipwreck, and Finally Arrive at a Place Called Ola, Where we are Regaled by the Sight of Bullocks and the Taste of Milk.""Chapter XX. : Some other Things about ""Ola,"" Showing the Reader how an Old Woman Nearly Lost her Favourite Milch-Cow, and how they Ctach Fish in that out-of-the-way Part of The World, Etc. Etc.- We Arrive at the Fabius Island, Bay of Taousk, and Regale Ourselves upon Whortleberries.""Chapter XXI. : We Visit Armen and Buy Turnips ""By the Patch,"" Encounter a Vituperative Gentleman and some Pretty Young Ladies, and Return on Board- After which we Steam Farther Down the Coast, Pay a Nocturnal Visit to Another Settlement, and End by Attempting to Wade a Siberian Ford.""Chapter XXII. : We Waylay a Siberian Bear and Narrowly Escape "" Ctaching a Tartar;"" After Which we Engage in a Stampede, Climb a Very Steep Hill, and Then Descend Again to our Boat.""Chapter XXIII. : We Arrive at Ayan and Fall in with some old Acquaintances- After which we Narrowly Escape Being Feasted to Death by the Russians, are told some ""Stunning"" Yarns, See a Whale Struck, and Finally Get Safely to Sea.""Chapter XXIV. : We Visit the Tschantar Isalnds, Partake Largely of Wild Rhubarb and Capture one of the Inhabitants- After which we sail the Amoor River, Where we fall in with the Boats of the Russian Squadron, Fail to Pass Through into the Gulf of Tartary, and Finally Return into the Okotsk Sea."