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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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and the lighters’ cargo to the Correct, there were to begin
with only eight men available, and the lighters had
only hand-winches.
We had reckoned that a week at the most would be
enough for this work ; but with so few hands it looked
as if it would take several weeks. If after that we were
to go up the Yenisei in the tug, that would mean at
least three weeks more to Yeniseisk with so many heavy
lighters to tow against the strong stream. To reach
Krasnoyarsk before September 25 in this way was an
impossibility, and I might just as well give up at once
all idea of meeting Wourtzel there.
The distance was pretty considerable : to Yeniseisk
we still had 1015 geographical miles to travel up the
river, and from Yeniseisk to Krasnoyarsk is supposed to
be 330 versts (217 English miles) by land, and 391 versts
(259 miles) by the river. The whole journey was as
long as a straight line from the North Cape to Berlin,
and fully that.

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