With Dr. Grenfell in Labrador
ISBN 10: 1151691593 / 1-151-69159-3
ISBN 13: 9781151691590
Publisher: General Books LLC
Publication Date: 2012
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII AN AMERICAN IN LABRADOR An ever increasing number of Americans, Canadians and English are giving their services for periods of from three months to several years in order to help Dr. Grenfell solve the social and medical problems of the coast. Most valuable is the work of medical and surgical specialists and of nurses, next comes that of third-year medical students, accountants, electricians and teachers. Still others without technical or professional training do secretarial and administrative work and heavy manual labor. The life of these people is in its way as interesting as that of the liveyeres whom they try to serve. To depict it I quote a few passages from my diary as volunteer aide for over a year in the Labrador Medical Mission, serving in many capacities. August 13th--We took a trip in the kerosene launch to Fox Harbor after supper, and lost our bearings toward the end of the journey on account of fog. We ran along, trying to find the harbor, until we heard breakers on our port bow. We dropped both anchors just in time to head her off, and turned in for the night. There were four bunks in the combined cabin and engine-room, and six hands aboard,--the hospital physician, Dr. Grieve, an energetic Scotchman, two of the Mission's seamen and three Americans. We held watch in turn, two on deck at a time, which made the accommodations sufficient. We sounded frequently with the lead-line to make sure that the anchors were not dragging and letting us drift toward the rocks. When it became light we saw the reef near us, and we were glad that we had not gone ashore in the dark and fog to find the harbor, for the dory would have been carried in and dashed to pieces before we could have gotten down the shore beyond the reef. We could see the har...
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