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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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Wc found no sign of any expedition håving been
here ; a tin containing letters from Lied, which he and
his party had left behind when they were here in the
previous year, lay outside the door ; evidently it was
the fox that had dragged it out. Lied and his men
had nailed up the door, which they had found open.
Possibly the wind had torn it open ; or hunters from
the south might have been here, though it seems un
likely.
As the Sviataya Anna was said to be short of coal,
it is improbable that the expedition can have gone
farther without calling here. Wc must, therefore,
suppose that it did not get so far. Nor can the vessel
still be lying in the ice in the Kara Sea ; wc saw
nothing of her, and neither did the two ships which,
as wc have since heard, came through the same sea
also in August. The natives along the coast of Yamal
were also unable to give any news of the expedition, or
of håving seen any strangers.
Tåken altogether, therefore, I am bound to say that
things look badly. In all probability the ship must
have been caught in the ice somewhere in the Kara
Sea in September 1912. But she was an old ship. As
far as I have been able to find out, she was the old
British warship Newport, bought years ago from the
Admiralty by Sir Allen Young and renamed Pandora 11.
Afterwards she belonged to Mr. Popham, and under
the nåme of the Blencathra made several voyages to
the Yenisei in the nineties. She could not be expected
to be very strong in her old age, and evidently could
not stand the pressure for long before going to the
bottom.
If the crew succeeded in saving themselves and their
food-supply on the ice, it was to be expected that they
would be able to reach some part of the coast of the Kara

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