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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
might crush us. We went a little way at varying speed
through the ice. But soon after midnight we stopped,
as we could see nothing in the fog.
Wednesday, August 20. At 1 a.m. it lifted a little
and we went ahead again at slow speed. There was a
good deal of ice, but with patches of clear water among
it. At 3 a.m. we anchored in 12 fathoms of water. It
was thick weather—fresh wind with rain.
By eight in the morning the wind was light and
southerly ; thick fog. A number of big floes drifted
past to the northward.
At noon we were still at anchor. The current was
now setting strongly in a south-westerly direction.
Weather calm and thick with rain.
Four p.m., light north-westerly wind, fog. As the
ice threatened to break the rudder, two men were told
off to shove it away ; but that had little effect, and the
engines were started ahead dead-slow, so that the wash
of the propeller might keep the rudder clear, and that
worked well. The ice lay pretty close as far as we
could see, and some pressure was to be noticed.
At 4.30 p.m. the ice slackened somewhat round the
ship, so that the engines could be stopped.
At 6.30 p.m. the fog lifted a little and the land lay
quite near, between E.N.E. and E.S.E. (true), barely
five miles away. From the crow’s-nest I could see land
all along to past N.N.E. (true) ; but the ice seemed to be
packed right up to the shore, with only a little slacker
ice here and there. On the south and west the sky
was dark, which would be a sign of open water there ;
but to the N. and N.N.W. (true) it was fairly light, and
I thought there could not be very much open sea in that
quarter ; but a good deal of slack ice, perhaps.
The wind had now gone round to the north and
north-east (N.N.E. and E.N.E. true), and the weather
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