National Geographic : 1919 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE either to load into a waiting ship or to put away in store. $ CONSTANT DANGER IN THE WORK A o This work was a constant dan N ger from fire risk and the poison Z ous fumes of the molten explo z sive. The sailors in attendance o had to wash their heads and S o necks thoroughly afterward. z Several were overcome seriously E in the course of the work, and o one man died; but the rest quietly stuck to it, as if they liked it. There was a great transporta tion problem involved, originally S estimated to absorb the use of S 60,000 tons of shipping for five N months. Beginning their sailings S in late February, a group of 24 Ssteamers, managed by the Naval o Overseas Transport Service, were a constantly employed, with two or Three departures every eight 9 days, carrying mine material and g 'N stores for the northern barrage. It was through a submarine S sinking one of these ships, the Uu Lake Moor, with 41 of her crew, z n that our operation suffered its z greatest, almost the only, loss of a o life. S Meantime the British naval - authorities were preparing de w pots for us in Scotland. The o mine material was to be unloaded x o on the west side of Scotland; z f some cargoes at Fort William, at < the western terminus of the z Caledonian Canal, and some at SKyle, on Loch Alsh, opposite the SIsle of Skye. z Thence the cargoes would be < " forwarded by canal barge and by Srail to Inverness, and to Inver z gordon, on Cromarty Firth, re $ spectively. These harbors open . Z4 on Moray Firth, about eight miles apart, on the northeast coast of Scotland (see map, page ¢ 86). S A single depot would have Sbeen better, as far as assembling Sthe mines was concerned, but the Limited transporting capacity by canal and Highland railway made two assembling points necessary.