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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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OVER THE CASPIAN TO ASTRAKHAN
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poods (4,100 tons) offresh fish are frozen and stored.
This fish is constantly being sent out all over
Russia in cold-storage wagons on the railways.
When wc were to go down to see the great
freezing-rooms wc were advised to put on furs,
which were there for this purpose ; but this seemed
quite absurd ; in this oppressive heat a short cooling
would be refreshing. I soon repented, and gave up
the visit to the coldest rooms. The brave Quisling
went on and stood it ; it was indeed cold, he said.
Fresh fish was brought daily to these refrigerating
factories from the fishing that goes on all the time
in the Volga and its delta ; on the wharves in front
of them there was much movement, with many
boats unloading their catch: pike-perch (sudak),
ossetrina, sevryuga, roach, herring, etc.
Wc had now seen the most important of the
activities of Astrakhan, and could come back
south again in our little steamboat along the
wharves to the shady deck of our passenger-boat,
where a cool drink was refreshing beyond belief
in this heat.

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