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Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy

Alaska's First Naturalist : Georg Wilhelm Steller
Arnold, Ann (Book - 2008)
Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy
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On June 4, 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St. Peter, under the command of Vitus Bering. The crew was bound for America on the last leg of an expedition whose mission was to explore, describe, and map Russia's vast lands from the Ural Mountains across Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and possibly lay claim to the northwest coast of America, if they could find it, for no European had ever reached America by this route. Officially, Steller was the ships mineralogist, but in practice he was its doctor, minister, and naturalist as well. Appointed to the expedition in 1737 by the Academy of Science in St. Petersburg, he was sworn to secrecy concerning any discoveries. Making judicious use of Stellers richly detailed journals and liberal use of illustrations and maps, Ann Arnold allows the reader to join Steller on this fascinating voyage and its final dangerous mission, which left half the crew dead and the rest suffering from scurvy.
Authors: Arnold, Ann
Title: Sea cows, shamans, and scurvy
Alaska's first naturalist : Georg Wilhelm Steller
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xii, 227 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Contents: Sonntagskind: a Sunday's child, 1709-1734
Russia's great explorations: the first and second Kamchatka expeditions, 1725-1730 and 1731-1743
On to Russia: Stoller becomes Steller, St. Petersburg, 1734
Steller's journey begins, Siberia 1738-1739
Barguzinian Mountains, 1739-1740
Provisioning the expedition, March 1733-June 1734
Captain Martin Spangberg: Okhotsk, the Kuril Islands, and Japan, 1734-1741
Volcanic wilderness of Kamchatka, 1740-1741
Avacha Bay: Steller signs on the St. Peter, 1741
They set sail for America, June 1741
Return voyage: kayaks and death, July-September 1741
Devastating voyage: scurvy and williwaws, September-November 1741
Kamchatka or a Barren Island, November-December 1741
Bering Island, December 1741-May 1742
Sea eagles and sea cows: the natural history of Bering Island, May-August 1742
Safe return to Kamchatka, August 1742-July 1744
Steller on trial, August 1744-November 1746
Summary: On June 4, 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St. Peter, under the command of Vitus Bering. The crew was bound for America on the last leg of an expedition whose mission was to explore, describe, and map Russia's vast lands from the Ural Mountains across Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and possibly lay claim to the northwest coast of America, if they could find it, for no European had ever reached America by this route. Officially, Steller was the ships mineralogist, but in practice he was its doctor, minister, and naturalist as well. Appointed to the expedition in 1737 by the Academy of Science in St. Petersburg, he was sworn to secrecy concerning any discoveries. Making judicious use of Stellers richly detailed journals and liberal use of illustrations and maps, Ann Arnold allows the reader to join Steller on this fascinating voyage and its final dangerous mission, which left half the crew dead and the rest suffering from scurvy.
ISBN: 0374399476
9780374399474
Statement of Responsibility: Ann Arnold
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-216] and index
Subject Headings: Naturalists Alaska Biography Explorers Russia (Federation) Russian Far East Biography Explorers Alaska Biography Steller, Georg Wilhelm, 1709-1746
Topical Term: Naturalists
Explorers
Explorers
LCCN: 2006037400
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