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I have hired a vessel

Wooden-hulled ships before the age of steam were vulnerable to innumerable hazards in the arctic and, given the length of such expeditions, required ample storage space for provisions. This is the provision list for John Ross's five-year (1829-33) search for a northwest passage.

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From Sir John Ross, Narrative of a Second Voyage in search of a north-west passage (London: John Webster, 1835), pp. 482-83.

Typical nineteenth-century expeditionary ships: