McClure's Magazine, No. 2, July, 1893 Volume 1

McClure's Magazine, No. 2, July, 1893 Volume 1

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Excerpt: ...rise to controversy; but before their authenticity had been seriously questioned they were sacrificed to the sense of order of a Copenhagen housewife. Nansen is certain that the relics did come from the "Jeannette," and he believes they were drifted like the wood and Siberian mud upon an ice-raft across the pole or in its immediate vicinity. His resolve was made accordingly "to take a ticket with the ice," as he phrases it, and so drift across. The 153 point where it would be best to join the current, Nansen decided to be off the New Siberian Islands, although Captain Wiggins recommends the most northerly point of continental land, Cape Chelyuskin, as a more likely starting place. At first Nansen proposed to follow the "Jeannette" through Bering Sea, but he has now decided to take the nearer route round the North Cape, through the Kara Sea, and along the coast of Asia, as the "Vega" went, striking northward off the Lena Delta. It will require extremely skilful navigation even to reach the starting point, and it may even be impossible to do so in one year, but, having reached and run into the ice, another question comes to the front. The vessel in which the drift of several years is to be made must not share the fate of the "Jeannette," if human ingenuity can avoid it. And ingenuity has been taxed to produce a ship of the most perfect kind. Nansen's little vessel, launched at Laurvik last October, suits his venture and himself as well as the famous "long serpents" of his ancestors suited them and their voyages of conquest and discovery a thousand years ago. She is built of wood, but is of a strength never hitherto aimed at. The frame timbers, Nansen modestly says, "may be said to be well-seasoned," for though cut from the gnarled oaks of Italy they have been stored in a Norwegian dockyard during the whole lifetime of the explorer. These timbersshow more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236713667