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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH SIBERIA
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But we had to go forward rather cautiously, as
the sea was not very deep. At 2 a.m., when we
must have been about abeam of Malygin Strait and
a little to the north of latitude 73° N., we suddenly
had 4 fathoms in two soundings, after håving just
had 8 and 10 fathoms. We had to stand farther
out to sea for an hour or so (8 miles N.W. by W.,
half W., by compass), and then got 10 fathoms again
and were able to steer more to the northward (N.N.W.
by compass) again. Fresh wind, clear air. The depth
kept steady at about ten fathoms We saw some drift
ice to the north-westward ; but otherwise the sea was
quite ice-free round us.
We had now said good-bye to the drift-ice, we
thought. This was the second of the two difficulties
predicted by the fortune-teller at Tromso, Johansen
concluded.

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