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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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sounding gives 6 fathoms. Round again and southward.
This is rather too exciting : wc must be in among
rocks.
The next sounding gives 30 fathoms, then 27—68—
100—108—105. Wc then turn to the south-east again and
have 68 fathoms ; after that more regular soundings,
mostly between 20 and 30 fathoms. At 1.42 p.m. the
course is made E., and at 2.5 p.m. N.E. by N.
In vain wc gaze into the thick fog for some sign of
islands or land. The soundings keep fairly regular,
between 20 and 30 fathoms as a rule ; sometimes they
go up to over 40. Wc now think wc shall go through
the Kara Strait without sighting land.
At last, at 4.20 p.m., the fog lifts a little and wc see
an island ahead, a little on the starboard bow. That
fits in ; it must be Oleniy Island (i.e. Reindeer Island),
and wc steer accordingly, making the course half a
point more northerly to clear the land. The only
strange thing is that wc do not see Chirachi holm,
which ought not to be far away.
But then wc have a holm ahead and have to bear
still more to the north. This puts us out of our reckon
ing. Wc get into an ugly race ; the current runs like
a river, with white breakers and big eddies. It looks
dangerous, and the vessel is turned to one side. Wc
heave the lead, but it is over 30 fathoms.
Farther on, past the holm, were two small islands.
These must have been the Yanova Islands and the
holm was Chirachi. So that the first island wc
sighted was not Oleniy Island, but evidently Voronov
Nos, and now wc could see the island off this long
promontory.
It was all clear in a moment. The current had set
us over 13 miles to the south-east (true), and was still
so strong against us that wc had to bear up to the

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