A current was found here, running south (true), a quarter of a mile
an hour. In the afternoon we boarded several Greenlandmen, and learnt
that none of their ships had been able to penetrate further north than
70° 30', and that we should fall in with the ice in two hours, through
which we might sail as far as Hare Island, where it became a solid body.
At six we fell in with loose ice, and continued sailing through it.
Firm ice was seen westward. We proceeded the next day, steering along
the edge of the main ice; a firm field stretching from north to south;
we sailed on between large floes and among loose ice, which, as we advanced,
became more numerous, and more closely packed, till at length we had
only a narrow and crooked channel for our passage. At eight we saw a
ridge of icebergs, of every variety and shape that can be imagined;
I took sketches of some, and they also appear in the plate which is
given of our passage among them. [Ross in his Voyage of Discovery,