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The museum scientists were usually forced to rely on the expertise of the local people regarding transportation and travel conditions. While on the freighter Fort Churchill, Margaret Doutt discovered that the captain’s knowledge of the Hudson Bay waters was mostly intuitive:

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"In fair weather she is capable of seven knots an hour, and in foul weather she is best at anchor . . . When dirty weather and dangerous shoals unite to make sailing hazardous, [the skipper] heads for the nearest anchorage, which may be nothing more than a heap of rocks high enough to break the wind and the waves.

"In the sea . . . where changing tides and strange currents may alter his seven knots to two or to twelve, he sails ‘by guess and by gosh,’ and mostly by gosh . . ."

Photo: Three members of the boat crew on the 1938 expedition.

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