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1 D.G.S. Arctic] BERNIER, J.E., Captain Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to the Northern Waters and Arctic Archipelago, of the D.G.S. Arctic in 1910
Department of Marine and Fisheries, 0, 
[D.G.S. Arctic]. Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to the Northern Waters and Arctic Archipelago, of the D.G.S. Arctic in 1910 . [Ottawa]: Department of Marine and Fisheries, [n.d. - 1912?]. Pp. (8),[1]-161,(1), + 2 folding maps in text, and 1 folding map at rear. Illustrated. Large 8vo, brown cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine. The report of the voyage of the D.G.S. Arctic in 1910-11 - the Dominion Government expedition to patrol the Northwest Passage - and, following close on the heels of Bernier's voyage of two years' earlier, to further assert the Dominion of Canada's sovereignty on the arctic islands. The following communique, dated 5th July1910, outlined Bernier's duties on this second mission to the Canadian arc tic waters: "Sir, Your instructions for the cruise of the S.S. Arctic in the northern waters of Canada, which you are about to make, are as follows:--1. As soon as practicable after receiving these instructions you will leav e Quebec for the waters which you are to patrol, calling at Chateau bay forfinal orders, if any, from the Department. On reaching Chateau bay you wil l communicate with the Department. 2. It will be your duty to patrol Davis strait, Baffin bay, Lancaster sound, Barrow strait, Melville sound, McClurestrait, and Beaufort sea to Herschel island, thence through Behring strait to Vancouver or Victoria, B.C. The advisability of attempting to make the northwest passage is, however, left to your judgment after ascertaining theice conditions on the spot. If you are satisfied that the passage cannot b e attempted without imminent danger to the ship and her officers and crew you will return to Quebec at the conclusion of your work in the other watersreferred to. It is not desirable that the present expedition should extend over two years from this July. 3. You will acquaint any persons whom you m ay find engaged in the whale fishery in these northern waters that you are patrolling these waters as the duly accredited officer of the Canadian Government, and you will, where necessary, demand payment of license fees for such fishing. If payment be refused you will make a request that such refusal be put in writing. It is not desirable that you should take any action inthis regard which would be likely to embarrass the Government. 4. The inst ructions you have received on former cruises in these northern waters as tothe reports and advices to be sent to the Department, both before sailing from Quebec and afterwards, are to be considered as applicable to this expedition. 5. Before leaving Quebec you will send a complete list of everybodyon board the Arctic who is to accompany you. On behalf of the Minister and the Department I wish you [Captain J.E. Bernier] all a prosperous voyage a nd a safe return. (Sgd.) A. Johnston, Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries." Front cover and spine read: "The Arctic Expedition 1910". Spine ends lightly frayed, edges browned with some faint spotting to top edge, intermittently tender, else vg. 200.00

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