An Iceland Fisherman

An Iceland Fisherman

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An Iceland Fisherman

An Iceland Fisherman

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There they were, five huge, square-built seamen, drinking away together in the dismal cabin, which reeked of fish-pickle and bilge-water. the overhead beams came down too low for their tall statures, and rounded off at one end so as to resemble a gull’s breast, seen from within. the whole rolled gently with a monotonous wail, inclining one slowly to drowsiness.

Outside, beyond doubt, lay the sea and the night; but one could not be quite sure of that, for a single opening in the deck was closed by its weather-hatch, and the only light came from an old hanging-lamp, swinging to and fro. a fire shone in the stove, at which their saturated clothes were drying, and giving out steam that mingled with the smoke from their clay pipes.

Their massive table, fitted exactly to its shape, occupied the whole space ; and there was just enough room for moving around and sitting upon the narrow lockers fastened to the sides.

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