National Geographic : 1948 Jan
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Ole Friele Backer Not a Sinking Ship, but Kvitungen in the Trough of Mountainous Seas. She Sailed Side by Side with Author's Ship tothe Arctic From Norway it is a week's voyage to ice fields where seals by the thousand whelp on the floes. Stout little sealing vessels are built of oak sheathed with green heart to withstand buffeting of grinding ice. To the masthead clings the white barrel of the crow's-nest, vantage point for the ship's captain while navigating through ice or searching for seals with a telescope. Sail is set to steady the round-built hull in heavy seas rather than to addspeed.