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Putnam, David Binney / David goes voyaging
(1925)

A day on shipboard,   pp. [71]-76 ff.


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DAVID GOES VOYAGING 
the sea bottom, so that one knows if there is 
sand or mud or rock below. Our soundings 
have varied from 746 fathoms to 2070 fath- 
oms. A fathom is six feet. 
  It is fun to feel the icy cold water brought 
up, sometimes just above freezing although we 
at the surface are broiling with heat if we get 
out of the breeze. 
  The nets are put down 6oo fathoms or more. 
There are three or four nets let out on the same 
cable, 150 to 200 fathoms apart. The net 
goes out for two hours, then begins hauling in. 
And of course there is excitement when it 
comes up for everybody wants to see, first if 
the nets are still on, and then what has been 
brought up in them. In it are tiny fish, 
pieces of strange unknown fish, once a black 
octopus with a queer umbrella-like arrange- 
ment over his mouth and head. Early in the 
voyage several nets were lost because they 
twisted off from the cable. And one was cut 
off by the propellers. 
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