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VOYAGE TO OltEENLAID. . 8 ! neeted, and how they retain their position. Cap- rain Scoresby, whose discerning eye never suffered an advantage to be lost, on observing a small' open- ing, scarcely exceeding the breadth of the ship, availed himself of it, and we passed through it; we had not proceeded more than a hundred yards be- yond the opening, when it closed; while passing I examined it with attention, to discover, if possible, the manner of its connexion, and the cause of its temporary chasm, and subsequent attraction; but any attempt to offer an explanation on this curious subject must be built upon mere conjecture. The day being perfectly calm, and the June 6. sun shining in its brightest splendour, I observed, for the first time in these regions, the ice yielding to its influence, and every mass giving daz- zling proofs of its genial warmth. Captain Scoresby and myself, after taking a shooting cruise, went on board the Trafalgar of Hull, commanded by Cap- tain Lloyd, who had, on a previous voyage to Green- land, sailed in the. Batfin as first mate, and had been distinguished as a most skilful and active whale- fisher. Our conversation was upon harpoon-guns, and I was gratified in finding that he was fully sen- sible of the important advantages to be derived from them; in confirmation of his impression of their utility, he informed uS that he kept a gun always ready in one o� his boats. Perceiving that hewas so partial to the' harpoon-gun, as to use it under his own personal superintendence, and aso thathe had formed a very favourabl opinion of my plan, I re-