Cruise of the Minnie Maud; Arctic Seas and Hudson Bay, 1910-11 and 1912-13

Cruise of the Minnie Maud; Arctic Seas and Hudson Bay, 1910-11 and 1912-13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...LeBel rushed off and shouted through the storm to Chasse, who, seeing the yellow glare over the bow and almost aboard, threw the wheel hard over with all his might, when the next wave would have dashed the schooner on top of the berg. The schooner, which was travelling very fast, answered her helm nobly and swung round so quickly that her bow missed the grisly, two-horned monster, by not more than a few feet while her counter, some fifteen feet from the stern, smashed into a projection of the iceberg, with a grinding crash, that broke in two planks in the starboard bulwarks. At first we thought, in the darkness, that the ship's bottom had been pierced, but, fortunately, the wound in the ship's side proved, on examination with a lantern, to be above water. It was a very close call; too close for comfort. We spent an anxious time on the lookoutduring the rest of the night, peering out over the bow into the inky darkness that was lit up every now and again by the milk-white phosphorescence of the breaking waves. 50 dark, was the night and so fast was the schooner travelling, one moment poised on the top of ahuge wave and the next buried from sight in the deep through of the sea. that it was an impossibility for us to have avoided running full tilt on any berg that lay in our course. All hands heaved a sigh of relief when daybreak broke although the following day (Sept. 6th) was thick and foggy and the schooner continued to plunge and roll before the gale through a heavy cross sea, which made some of the party sea-sick. We were pumping the schooner every two hours, as her seams were opened by the straining of the heavy seas and clear water gushed from the pumps. A lot of rum was served out to celebrate our narrow escape from the iceberg...show more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836103
  • 9781236836106