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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
there or on deck, whenever they had any spare time.
Above all, we talked, discussing everything between
heaven and earth, but chiefly the ice and the Arctic.
The Correct belongs to the ship-owning firm of
Ivar A. Christensen of Haugesund, and was built in
Holland in 1908—only for ordinary voyages, it is true ;
but she is a good, strong vessel with thick steel plates,
and she did very well on this trip. She is of 1550 tons
dead weight. Her length over all is 225 feet, beam
33 feet, and when laden she drew about 17 feet. She
has triple-expansion engines of 700 indicated horse
power, and ought to do about 10 knots in calm weather ;
but now she had a fairly heavy load, chiefly barrels of
cement (over 1000 tons), so perhaps her speed was
rather less.
In order to render the vessel better fitted for ice, the
captain had had her bows sheathed with an ice-skin of
oak planks. It extended from about two feet above
the water-line to four feet below. As it was difficult to
fix the planks in any other way, they were placed per
pendicularly and held fast by two iron bands above
and below. It would have been better if they could
have been laid horizontally, but then it would not have
been so easy to fasten them. As they were, they did
good service and took many a shock that without
them would have been very awkward, and on the whole
they gave such protection to the bow that we were
able without anxiety to force a way through the floes
in narrow waters.
For this voyage the Correct had also been fitted with
wireless telegraphy. The masts were raised, and an
tennæ rigged between them. The apparatus was in
stalled in the chart-room, where the operator also had
his quarters, as I said before. The idea was that we
should be able to communicate with the wireless
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