28 of May 1847 H.M.S.hips Erebus and Terror Wintered in the Ice in Lat. 70°5’N Long. 98°.23’W Having wintered in 1846-7 at Beechey Island in Lat 74°43’28″N Long 91°39’15″W After having ascended Wellington Channel to Lat 77° and returned by the West side of Cornwallis Island. Sir John Franklin commanding the Expedition. All well.
It was an April morning: fresh and clear / The Rivulet, delighting in its strength, / Ran with a young man’s speed; and yet the voice / Of waters which the winter had supplied / Was softened down into a vernal tone. ~ William Wordsworth