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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH THE ICE NORTHWARD
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cleared. This was a land wind, and it looked more
hopeful, as it might give us a låne along the shore.
At 8.15 p.m. we had to move, as some big floes were
coming down on us, and we had a nasty position in
between large and heavy pieces of ice with high hum
mocks on two sides of us. We anchored again at 9 p.m.
(in 12 fathoms of water) to windward of the heavy ice.
The wind increased and came from the N.E. (true).
This was from land, and now I had a good hope that
the ice would slacken and move out to sea. We still
had ice on all sides, but we could see slack and clear
places among it.
Midnight. The wind from the north-east increased
to a gale. The ice was setting to the westward ; we
could see it splitting up, and there were slack patches
among it to landward. This looked well.
After midnight there was a whole gale from the
north-east. The ice was slackening round us, but was
still packed to the northward.
Thursday, August 21. By 8 a.m. the wind had un
fortunately backed to N.N.E. (true), and a little later
it went to N. It no longer bears off the land, but is
rather towards it, so that there is no longer the same
prospect of its forming lånes along the shore ; but as a
rule I have found that the ice drifts a good deal to
the right of the direction of the wind, on account of
the earth’s rotation, and so we may hope that after all
it will move a little out from the land.
The wind is still fresh, with small snow showers.
We are lying at anchor as before. There is some
southerly drift in the ice, but not very marked. It is
fairly clear. The ice seems still to be packed to land
ward, and the land is farther away than yesterday ;
wc must have dragged our anchor a good deal, it only
just catches the bottom.

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