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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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FROM NORWAY TO THE KARA SEA
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north together. First there was the Director of the
Company, Jonas Lied, to whom this expedition was due.
A man of a little over thirty, who had spent some years
in Russia and Siberia and had studied their conditions
with an eye to the vast possibilities of this great country
of the future, he had succeeded in forming his company
with Norwegian, English, Russian and Siberian capital.
He had made himself thoroughly acquainted with
everything bearing on the navigation of the Yenisei,
and had planned and prepared this undertaking with
great care and knowledge.
Then there were wc three who had been invited to
take part in the voyage as guests.
There was Stephan Vasilievitch Vostrotin, a gold
mine proprietor from Yeniseisk, formerly mayor of that
town and now member of the Duma for Yeniseisk
province ; he was the sole representative of a district
of about a million inhabitants. An enviable country ;
just imagine if our Storthing could be constituted on
the same scale, it would then contain two and a quarter
members, who would certainly be a great deal easier
to get on with than the 123 wc now have.
A better companion for a voyage to Siberia it would
be impossible to find. He had already sailed through
the Kara Sea once, on his wedding trip in 1894, and he
had been up and down the Yenisei several times. He
knew his country and his million people inside and out,
and was like a walking guide-book to everything one
wanted to know about their life and work. But in
addition to this he was himself for a long time part
owner, in the nineties, of vessels trading in the Kara
Sea and on the Yenisei ; he had himself bought steamers
for this trade and lost a lot of money in it. So there
again he could speak from great personal experience.
The second passenger was Joseph Gregorievitch

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