At night we slept close to the junction of Ponsonby Sound with the Beagle Channel. A small family of Fuegians, who were living in the cove, were quiet and inoffensive, and soon joined our party round a blazing fire.
Hammond, to survey the western parts of the Beagle Channel, and afterwards to return and visit the settlement.
-- Early in the morning we arrived at the point where the Beagle Channel divides into two arms; and we entered the northern one.
When we reached the western mouth of this northern branch of the Beagle Channel, we sailed amongst many unknown desolate islands, and the weather was wretchedly bad.
There are some bad nights in the kingdom of the West Wind for homeward-bound ships making for the Channel; and the days of wrath dawn upon them colourless and vague like the timid turning up of invisible lights upon the scene of a tyrannical and passionate outbreak, awful in the monotony of its method and the increasing strength of its violence.
The West Wind reigns over the seas surrounding the coasts of these kingdoms; and from the gateways of the channels, from promontories as if from watch-towers, from estuaries of rivers as if from postern gates, from passage-ways, inlets, straits, firths, the garrison of the Isle and the crews of the ships going and returning look to the westward to judge by the varied splendours of his sunset mantle the mood of that arbitrary ruler.
Neither was there buoy nor light nor any other mark to show larger ships the channel, and I wondered much at this.
Up the bay and into the River Tamar we motored through a solitude as unbroken as that which rested upon the waters of the Channel. For all we could see, there was no indication that man had ever set his foot upon this silent coast.
These preparations were concluded about five o'clock in the evening, while sentinels kept close watch around the island, and the boats of the Resolute patrolled the channel
Across the channel two strong sailormen lay unconscious in their bunks where I had drunk them.
I would cross the opposite side of the channel to go around her.
He now offered, if aided and protected by government, to turn the whole of that trade into American channels
. He was invited to unfold his plans to government, and they were warmly approved, though the executive could give no direct aid.