Expedition Report, 16.48:
Our position at 1400 UTC is 69˚19’N, 99˚01’W, and all is well.
We had another exiting night. Charts are, as I mentioned earlier, really unreliable here, we were down to three metres depth where the charts said 11, and many places it was like that. We also met the first scattered ice floes in the middle of the night, but Vince with his young and good eyes saw them and we managed to get through. It was difficult to see these floes on radar since they were quite flat. We been sailing along the coast of King William Island, and are currently following the ice edge northwards. The northwesterly wind has spread the ice around, so we navigate with care in between ice floes.
King William Island is where Franklin and his crew met their destiny. 155 men perished after his two ships, the “Erebus” and “Terror”, were crushed by ice. They were hardly prepared for the harsh Arctic winter, and every last man died on their way southward.
Vince was originally supposed to disembark in Pond Inlet, but has agreed to continue further; so with the fourth crewmember (to be presented later) joining us in Pond Inlet we are now a full team. It was extremely difficult to choose between all the great people who wanted to join this epic adventure. We want to thank all of you for your efforts and willingness to help us out on the last bit to Norway.