Excerpt from Cruise of the Revenue-Steamer Corwin in Alaska and the N. W. Arctic Ocean in 1881: Notes and Memoranda: Medical and Anthropological; Botanical; Ornithological
M any Arctic travellers have noticed this relative sensation of cold as well as the impunity, and even a... certain degree of comfort, with which they can expose themselves to a low temperature, which would be attended by serious results in a more southern clime. Dr. Hayes relates thatin Greenland he went swimming in a pool of water on the top of an iceberg, and the captain of a New Bedford whaler has frequently gone swimming 03 the coast of Siberia. Taking advantage of one of these physiologically warm days, I took a plunge into the icy Arctic water, with no such motive, however, as that of Leander, nor did I, like Byron, have the ague after it on the contrary, a swim of no great discomfort was followed by a pleasurable reaction.
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