Scoresby, William, Dd

Scoresby, William, D.D.,

an English clergyman and Arctic explorer, was born at Cropton, Yorkshire, Oct. 5, 1789. He commenced a seafaring life at the age of ten, and in his twenty-first year succeeded his father as commander of the Resolution, and carried on the business of whale fishing. In 1822 he explored the east coast of Greenland, and upon his return devoted himself to study, entering Queen's College, Cambridge, from which he graduated as B.D. in 1834. In 1839 he received the degree of D.D., and labored faithfully as chaplain of the Mariners' Church in Liverpool, and afterwards at Bradford, Yorkshire, till failing health compelled him to retire to Torquay. He here engaged ia scientific and philanthropic labors. For the better prosecution of his researches he made a voyage to the United States in 1847, and to Australia in 1853, returning from the last named country in 1856, enfeebled by the arduous labors which he had undergone. He died at Tarquay March 21, 1857. His principal works are, An Account of the Arctic Regions (1820, 2 vols.): Journal of a Voyage to the Northern Whale Fishery (1823): — Discourses to Seamen (1831): — Zoistic. Magnetism (1849): — Sabbaths in the Arctic Regions (1850); and others. His Life has been written by his nephew, R.E. Scores-by-Jackson (Land. 1861).

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