July 10, 2010

Sunday, 10 July 1910


The Fram in dry dock, Horten, July 1910. [1]

The Fram put in to Bergen at the end of her North Atlantic trial cruise. Problems with the new diesel engine caused Amundsen to send off a telegram to Atlas Diesel in Stockholm, requesting "qualified help as soon as possible". [2] Because the fuel was too thick, the engine constantly fouled and had to be decarbonised. A leak that had developed above the waterline was also repaired.

Still chronically short of money -- some 150,000 kroner, a little over £8,000 at the time -- Amunden departed for Christiania. He told Nansen that he would raise the rest in San Francisco.


[1] Nasjonalbiblioteket.
[2] Roald Amundsen, telegram to A/B Diesel, 10 July 1910, quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.289.

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