The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin


Fatigue indeed had caused us to relax in our exertions at the pumps
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Fatigue Indeed Had Caused Us To Relax In Our Exertions At The Pumps During A Part Of The Night Of The 8th, And On The Following Morning Upwards Of Five Feet Of Water Was Found In The Well.

Renewed exertions were now put forth by every person, and before eight A.M. the water was so much

Reduced as to enable the carpenters to get at other defective places; but the remedies they could apply were insufficient to repress the water from rushing in, and our labours could but just keep the ship in the same state throughout the day until six P.M.; when the strength of everyone began to fail the expedient of thrusting in felt, as well as oakum, was resorted to, and a plank nailed over all. After this operation a perceptible diminution in the water was made and, being encouraged by the change, we put forth our utmost exertion in bailing and pumping; and before night to our infinite joy the leak was so overpowered that the pumps were only required to be used at intervals of ten minutes. A sail covered with every substance that could be carried into the leaks by the pressure of the water was drawn under the quarter of the ship and secured by ropes on each side.

As a matter of precaution in the event of having to abandon the ship, which was for some time doubtful, the elderly women and children were removed to the Eddystone when the wind was moderate this afternoon, but the young women remained to assist at the pumps, and their services were highly valuable, both for their personal labour and for the encouragement their example and perseverance gave to the men.

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