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The Cruise Of The Corwin

by John Muir

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The Cruise of the Corwin is the story of a voyage John Muir took in 1881 on the steamer Thomas Corwin, which set sail from San Francisco for arctic waters off the coast of Alaska in search of the Jeannette, a ship tragically lost two years before. The Jeannette was never found, but Muir's account of his voyage conveys the excitement of far and little-known horizons. Here we find Muir sketching glaciers and examining rare flora; discovering Wrangell Island off the coast of Siberia and claiming it for the United States; observing seal, walrus, whale, and reindeer; exploring the wind-swept islands of the Bering sea; and investigating a "village of the dead," where whole clans perished of starvation in the unforgiving landscape. Pieced together by Muir's literary executor, William F. Badè, from newspaper correspondence, published scientific articles, and unpublished journals after Muir's death in 1914, The Cruise of the Corwin is a vivid account of the last stretches of the American frontier.

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In spring of 1881 John Muir set out on the ship "Corwin" for a journey of 15,000 nautical miles from San Francisco into the Arctic sea. Muir went along because of his fascination with glaciers. This turned out to be Muir's last great foray.

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John Muir (1838-1914), founder of the Sierra Club, is a major figure in American history--the man who did more than any other person to shape the twentieth-century conservation movement. Roderick Nash is Professor Emeritus of Environmental History at Dartmouth College and author of Wilderness and the American Mind (1967), regarded as the one of the leading manifestos on humans coexisting with nature.



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