A Journal of a Voyage of Discovery to the Arctic Regions in His Majesty’s Ships Hecla and Griper in the years 1819 & 1820.

p. 142, Saturday. Oct lst 1819, long passage on scarcity of candles as darkness approached.

p. 151-53, two intended sources of amusement were set on foot: One of; the intended sources in question which is a weekly newspaper, called “The Winter Chronicle or New Georgia Gazette,” has already commenced, for the first number of it came out yesterday morning [Nov. 1st]; and the other object of amusement are Plays, for which they are now preparing. [Fisher goes on to say that newspapers often do not contribute to good morale: “a vehicle of sarcasms and bitter reflections.” The play that week was “Miss in Her Teens,” presented Nov. 5. The officers planned to do plays fortnightly.]

p. 163, Dec. 19th: These ten days past have been as barren of events worthy of notice…. The plays, however, and such other sources of amusement as are within our reach, have; hitherto made the time pass very cheerfully, and I hope they will continue to do so.

p. 163-64, Dec. 21: This being our shortest day, or, more properly speaking, the day on which the sun is farthest from us, several of the officers went out on the ice at noon with books to determine whether it was possible to read by the twilight, and, surprising as it may appear, yet we found that the smallest print could be read by it. The book that I took was a small (pocket) Common Prayer-Book, (which was the smallest print I could find,) and, by facing it towards the south, I could read it very distinctly. As the portion of it that presented itself by chance on this occasion contains a good moral lesson, I hope it will not be an idle or impious thing to quote the sentence that happened to be the subject of the experiment. It was the first verse of the forty-sixth Psalm: God is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble.

p. 165, two plays presented, “The Mayor of Garratt,” and a piece written by Mr. Parry for the occasion “North-West Passage, or the Voyage Finished” by Lt. W. E. Parry, the commander, to show the glory that would await the crew when they returned from the discovery of the North-West Passage.

p. 168: Thursday, 6th. — The officers performed the farce called “Bon Ton” this evening, in a lower temperature than perhaps any thing of the kind had ever been done before, at least by Europeans;…

p. 236, divine service read for funeral of Wm. Scott, Seaman.

p. 294, each ship had a box of charts .