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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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OPEN SEA, EASTWARD TO THE YENISEI
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and 3 fathoms. Wc had got in among the sandbanks
north of Sibiriakov Island, and again had to stand to
the southward to come out to the south of the little
island on the west side of these banks. Later on
Johansen called it " Djævle-oia " (Devil’s Island).
They had not seen it before, as it was quite flat and low,
and they had tåken it for dirty ice.
All at once, as wc were sitting at breakfast, the
ship struck. The shock was not like that against ice.
She heeled over a little to port, and then she bumped
again ; it felt as if she lay still ! Wc looked out ;
there was no ice near, and she was not moving. The
course had been tåken too soon to the westward round
the south of the island, and after the lead had given
7J fathoms, wc struck before the next sounding. It
was clear that wc were on a bank that extends south
ward from the island, for several ice-floes lay aground
on it. Some scattered floes ahead seemed also to
touch bottom, so there cannot have been many feet
of water.
Luckily, as far as I could make out, it seemed to be
low water on the floes that lay aground between us
and the island, and there was thus a hope that the water
would soon rise a little ; but there could hardly be
enough difference here between high and low water to
float the vessel off. Soundings were made round the
ship and showed lf fathom under the bow, which was
raised several feet, 17 feet amidships, which was exactly
what the vessel draws, and 3| fathoms under the stem.
Several attempts to go full speed astern were of no use ;
she did not move from the spot, but the propeller stirred
up the bottom and wc had nothing but muddy water
round us.
An attempt was then made to make a thick steel
eable fast to the starboard anchor, lower it, and then

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