ROSS (JOHN) Explanation and Answer to Mr. John Braithwaite's Supplement to Captain Sir John Ross's Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, 1835
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ROSS, NORTH WEST PASSAGE, 1829-1833. ROSS (JOHN) Explanation and Answer to Mr. John Braithwaite's Supplement to Captain Sir John Ross's Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, [1835]
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ROSS, NORTH WEST PASSAGE, 1829-1833
ROSS (JOHN) Explanation and Answer to Mr. John Braithwaite's Supplement to Captain Sir John Ross's Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage, first edition, publisher's printed wrappers (creased at lower fore-corner) [Arctic Bibliography 14862; Sabin 73370, citing incorrect date], 4to, A.W. Webster, [1835]

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  • John Ross led a privately funded expedition to find a Northwest Passage, embarking in 1829 on the Victory, a paddle-steamer with boilers fitted by John Braithwaite (an engineer whose locomotive engine Novelty was the first one ever to run a mile within a minute, and was entered into the Rainhill trials). The expedition foundered in the ice in 1832. Ross, in his Narrative of a Second Voyage, put the blame on the inadequacy of the boilers, Braithwithe immediately responding in print in his misleadingly titled "Supplement". In the 8-page "Explanation" Ross replies with "feelings of contempt... because it is lamentable to perceive a tradesman, even of the second class, descending to such unbecoming language as Mr. Braithwaite has made use of...", outlining eight major defects of the engines.
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