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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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WAITING TO GO ON
that was just enough for us three passengers, besides
the OmuVs captain and engineer. The saloon was so
small that when one came from the deck to pass into
the sleeping cabin, those who were sitting on the sofas
had to get up to let one pass, and the flaps of the table
had to be let down ; even then there was only just room
for the little captain’s round stomach between the table
and the door.
Wc passengers had to supply our own food, and
for cooking there was only a Primus stove. But
an excellent and obliging cook there was, named
Alexei ; and wc had no difficulty about food, as by the
kind care of Captain Samuelsen wc took with us from
the Correct such an ample supply of provisions of
different kinds that wc had not half finished them
when wc reached Yeniseisk. Wc were also able to
buy plenty of fresh fish and red caviar on shore,
and fresh bread was baked for us on board during the
night, so that wc had a supply for the first part of the
voyage.
Wc decided to start next morning. And then wc
were busy packing and writing a few hurried letters for
the Correct to take back to Norway.
Wednesday, September 3. Early this morning
another big steamboat, the Oryol (" Eagle "), arrived,
towing a lighter. She was on her way north to
Golchikha. A big, fine paddle-boat which had once
belonged to Vostrotin and his company ; he had
bought her in Glasgow, where she had been a
passenger boat on the Clyde and had been called
the Glenmour. At that time she did 14 knots, but
now her speed was somewhat less. She burned chiefly
wood.
The captain came aboard to see us. He was
a Finn, and a sturdy man to look at. With him
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