Report 3: Snatching ice
We the decks boys had been warned. We should not set our minds on quickly sailing into the warm sun. And indeed, no sooner than reaching Land’s End and the North Atlantic, we set all sails and headed in WNW direction toward Hudson Bay.
It soon became uncomfortably wet and cold. The reasons for this course were soon obvious. To better protect our supplies, we needed to cool them with ice. Each one of us understood that. It took three long days, until we saw the first icebergs. The ship sailed cautiously toward one of the giants that was as flat as a flounder, and went alongside. Then, a large gangway was brought out. The starboard watch, ‘Alfa’ (SW-A) secured the moorings of the ship with the iceberg.