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Pole to Pole

Day 11: The Barents Sea

Michael Palin - Pole to PoleIn the middle of it all a sleek, battleship-grey 'Kystvakt' (coastguard) vessel prowls by, supported minutes later by a four-engined Lockheed Orion which swoops low over us before flying off to the south. Stein tells us that the coastguard plane will be looking for illegal discharges of fuel and the surface vessel checking on things like net size. The catches are constantly inspected and anyone found taking too many young fish or the wrong kind of fish is liable to be escorted out of the fishing grounds.


Around midnight, drinking a Scotch too many and being soundly whacked at Scrabble, I'm looking forward to nothing more than the womb-like, cradle-rocking security of my bunk when Stein's tall pale frame looms above us. He looks rather pleased with himself.

'There is an improvement in the weather, and I have a factory fishing ship which is happy to take you aboard and keep you there whilst they trawl.'

'What time tomorrow will that be?' asks Roger.

Stein glances at his watch. 'In about two hours.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 11
  • Country/sea: Arctic Ocean
  • Place: Barents Sea
  • Book page no: 27

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