The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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by the society.

These are the principal attempts which have been made at penetrating to
a high southern latitude, and it will now be seen that there remained,
previous to the voyage of the Jane, nearly three hundred degrees of
longitude in which the Antarctic circle had not been crossed at all.
Of course a wide field lay before us for discovery, and it was with
feelings of most intense interest that I heard Captain Guy express his
resolution of pushing boldly to the southward.


We kept our course southwardly for four days after giving up the
search for Glass’s islands, without meeting with any ice at all. On the
twenty-sixth, at noon, we were in latitude 63 degrees 23’ S., longitude
41 degrees 25’ W. We now saw several large ice islands, and a floe of
field ice, not, however, of any great extent. The winds generally blew
from the southeast, or the northeast, but were very light. Whenever we
had a westerly wind, which was seldom, it was invariably attended with a
rain squall. Every day we had more or less snow. The thermometer, on the
twenty-seventh stood at thirty-five.

January 1, 1828.--This day we found ourselves completely hemmed in by
the ice, and our prospects looked cheerless indeed. A strong gale blew,
during the whole forenoon, from the northeast, and drove large cakes of
the drift against the rudder and counter with such violence that we all
trembled for the consequences. Toward evening, the gale still blowing
with fury, a large field in front separated, and we were enabled, by
carrying a press of sail to force a passage through the smaller flakes
into some open water beyond. As we approached this space we took in sail
by degrees, and having at length got clear, lay-to under a single reefed

January 2.--We had now tolerably pleasant weather. At noon we found
ourselves in latitude 69 degrees 10’ S, longitude 42 degrees 20’ W,
having crossed the Antarctic circle. Very little ice was to be seen to
the southward, although large fields of it lay behind us. This day we
rigged some sounding gear, using a large iron pot capable of holding
twenty gallons, and a line of two hundred fathoms. We found the
current setting to the north, about a quarter of a mile per hour. The
temperature of the air was now about thirty-three. Here we found the
variation to be 14 degrees 28’ easterly, per azimuth.

January 5.--We had still held on to the southward without any very great
impediments. On this morning, however, being in latitude 73 degrees 15’

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