National Geographic : 1927 Jul
SINDBADS OF SCIENCE Photograph by eo. Finlay Simmons STUDYING CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD Reefs of lava and coral at low tide reveal many interesting communities along the shores of Fernando Noronha Island. Vanzetti snares a blue surgeon fish after four days of untiring effort. The glamour of sea-roving was wearing pretty thin and the crew feared days in the doldrums and a slow passage back to the States. The sea lawyers among the crew got together and demanded that I put the ship in to Brazil and secure sup plies at the port of Pernambuco; this I refused to do, knowing we would lose much time circling part of the South At lantic to make it north around Brazil. The commandant at Fernando Noronha permitted us to carry pigs and goats aboard alive, and the addition of a few chickens turned the Blossom's deck into an impromptu barnyard; but it was a necessary step in order to have some fresh food on the long passage home, for we had no refrigerating machinery and our tinned foods were continually spoiling in rusting cans in the hold. ON ROCAS, SHIPWRECK REEF With the addition of a small quantity of fresh vegetables purchased from the island storekeeper, we set sail one evening and moved westward in a heavy rain squall. Night and the rain soon hid the island from us.