The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin















































































































 -  It is but
justice to say that in these trying situations we received much
assistance from Mr. Thomas Swaine who - Page 50
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It Is But Justice To Say That In These Trying Situations We Received Much Assistance From Mr. Thomas Swaine Who With Great Kindness Waited For Us With The Boat Under His Charge At Such Places As He Apprehended Would Be Most Difficult To Pass.

We encamped at sunset, completely jaded with toil.

Our distance made good this day was twelve miles and a quarter.

The labours of the 16th commenced at half-past five, and for some time the difficulty of getting the boats over the rapids was equal to what we experienced the day before. Having passed a small brook however, termed Halfway Creek, the river became deeper and although rapid it was smooth enough to be named by our Orkney boatmen Stillwater. We were further relieved by the Company's clerks consenting to take a few boxes of our stores into their boats. Still we made only eleven miles in the course of the day.

The banks of Hill River are higher and have a more broken outline than those of Steel or Hayes Rivers. The cliffs of alluvial clay rose in some places to the height of eighty or ninety feet above the stream and were surmounted by hills about two hundred feet high, but the thickness of the wood prevented us from seeing far beyond the mere banks of the river.

September 17.

About half-past five in the morning we commenced tracking and soon came to a ridge of rock which extended across the stream. From this place the boat was dragged up several narrow rocky channels until we came to the Rock Portage where the stream, pent in by a range of small islands, forms several cascades.

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