John Muir


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…windward. Orders, however, were being promptly given and obeyed, and as soon as the broken rudder was secured, four long spars were procured from different parts of the ship and nailed and lashed firmly together and weighted to hold them in place. This made a capital jury-rudder, as it’s called, and was ready in a few hours, nearly everybody working notwithstanding the blinding snow and the danger of being caught in the ice, as if jury-rudder making under just these circumstances were their regular everyday employment. This was lowered and secured in place, and moved by ropes attached on either side and worked by steam winch. Then finding it worked perfectly we set out for Plover Bay to repair damages. Got clear of the ice about 3 P.M. Our 25 dogs made effective addition to the uproar, being in the way of course and being heartily kicked hither and thither howling as only Eskimo dogs can. About 4 P.M. the clouds lifted and showed land which our 2 Indians, joyful, with beaming eyes, recognized as Koliuskin Island. They were evidently uneasy concerning the accident and on account of being so long out of sight of land, a state of mind easily accounted for by their mode of obtaining a livelihood among the ice and the numerous accidents from being set adrift on ice-packs in bewildering storms, and the caution and the dread thereby developed. The nearest point of the island

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