National Geographic : 1927 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by W. Kenneth Cuyler AN ALBACORE FOR DINNER Norberto Flores returns from an offshore fishing trip on a tiny raft-boat. When officially garbed, he is the keeper of the lighthouse on Kidnap Islet, north of Fernando Noronha. make fast another iron. Even after we had dispatched the struggling fish we had a diffi cult task ahead, for wind and tide were against us and we had drifted far out from shore. The ray was too large to take aboard the whaleboat, so we brought it alongside and tried to sail back to the Blossom. We put out the oars and pulled away, and after six hours made the ship. ALMOST A MUTINY Our water supply ran low while we were at Fernando Noronha. Even under con stant warning, some of the men had wasted small amounts, believing it possible to get fresh water at the island. But the island supply, too, was running short; and we could have obtained only a small quantity of brackish water by carrying it for several miles in small barrels and then bring ing it through a bad surf. Fortunately the rainy season came upon us. Above the lit tle schooner we hung awnings of all kinds, guttering the de luge into a hose and then lead ing it to our casks in the hold. In this way we filled enough casks to give us a margin of safety. Food also was running short, due to unanticipated prolonga tion of our work, and this was more serious still. Nine months since we left Rio de Janeiro. Eventually comes a day when the men are useless until they can get a rest ashore. Especially true is this when they have been working long hours with a certain mo notony of food, far from the haunts which they love. We had enough flour and salt meats to last us for months; but we were running short of sugar, tinned butter, and other items allowed by present-day navigation laws.