Thirty six below this morning, at seven oclock. Went to fifteen during the day. It has been frosty and quite a breeze all day and as dark as we have had it any time this Winter. The boys are digging the ice away from the ship on the inshore side. Are cutting down from 4 to 6 feet and about 2 feet away from the ship and leaving a bar in every 8 feet so if a pressure comes she will rise and break it off slanting and go on top of it.