Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Soft, mushy ice

A large number of narwhal playing in the open leads about the ship. Could not get them owing to small leads and rotten ice.
    Got under way about 1 A.M., proceeding rapidly south now at 3.30 A.M. As we approached Cape Sabine it breezed up rapidly, the barometer dropping to 29.73. Soon it developed into a gale, water flying across the ship in sheets, everything loose on deck flying about and some of it overboard. The boat hanging to the davits amidships came down with a crash, one of the bolts pulling through. The other boats were lowered to the deck.
    Once under the land we steamed slowly along past Cocked Hat Island up into Buchanan Bay opposite Rice Strait. Pushing through some soft, mushy ice we fastened to the edge of the pack in smooth water. The barometer is rising rapidly again and wind moderating.  

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