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The Skipper in Arctic Seas

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Pages: 188

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Walter J. Clutterbuck

Excerpt from book: Ice ice, but then the icebergs of which Nordenskiold is talking are altogether fresh water, and must have come off a glacier somewhere up north, as sea-ice AN ICEBERG. never attains anything like the height of one hundred metres. Sea-ice is not altogether fresh: our captain told us that water made by dissolving this sea-ice could be drunk, but had a saline flavour, which chapter{Section 4we do not doubt. Nordenskiold also says, 'The older sea-ice is, the less salt does it contain.' Our voyage, although it gave our captain much .pleasure, was not in every way a success, owing partly to the above-recorded obstacles presented by the ice, and partly to other climatic influences. We did not get as far north as the East Island of Spitzbergen, in the first place because of this great barrier of ice, which was fixed there during the summer, and next because the wind blew from the north the whole summer through, and only when we wanted to come home again would it condescend td blow from the south. The consequence was, that although we killed seals innumerable, and many strange birds, we only got one polar bear, and never succeeded in reaching the home of the walrus. The carpenter, I have said, we took with us. Our idea, however, in going along the Greenland ice, was to see if we could kill some seals. The seals are in the habit of perching on these blocks, in order that they may get rid of the blubber which covers their bodies beneath the skin. They scramble OUR CAPTAIN. upon the ice, therefore, and, we fancy, ' sweat' it out of themselves. This seems impossible, when one comes to consider that the thermometer is almost always below freezing, and sitting on the ice is not what we should call a cosy way of passing the day : but they seem to find it wonderfully warm i...  

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