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Inside the Artic circle.

The 29th June found us inside the Arctic circle. From the time of entering the Okhotsk Sea we had been constantly meeting fields and floes of ice, which by making frequent detours we had succeeded in either passing through or around, but now it became impossible to proceed farther north. A solid barrier of ice as far as we could see arrested our progress. It was perpetual day; we were on the borders of the land of the midnight sun and had no use for either lamp or candle. South of us was Behring Straits, one of the gateways to the cemetery for Arctic explorers, and only a few degrees north, afterwards, in 1879, the Jeannette, under De Long, was forced to make her first halt on an expedition which resulted so disastrously to most of its participants.

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