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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part One: The Atlantic Ocean

Thursday, September 6 - Myggenes Island

Reykjavik to Myggenes After landing, Bob went ashore to get our letters stamped before the closing of the Post Office, but I stayed out to do the fueling job. It was rather a long wait, and I was much bothered by the appearance of hundreds of children who came up in rowboats in which they kept circling the plane. The sailors were only four to ten years old; there were often as many as 25 or 30 to a boat, which they would manage into a position to windward of the plane, only to go completely out of control and drift rapidly down toward the fragile pontoons. For an hour I had to be on the lookout to fend off the invaders, and there were several collisions. I was further concerned because the kids were all trying to rock the boats into upsetting, and I am certain that few of them know how to swim, because the water is so cold that they probably never go in voluntarily. In the end, I left a watchman for the night, after having gassed to 205 gallons. I put a coat of black enamel paint on the propeller so as to protect the leading edge, which is becoming badly chewed up.

I had intended seeing Mr. Lutzen, the British Consul, but we were met at the stone pier by Mr. Niclason and Mr. Jacobson, respectively the Assistant Provost and the Provost of the town. We were made captives!, and inducted to the Niclason home, for the night. Dinner was particularly good, although we were not prepared for the speech of welcome with which it opened, but then, neither was Marita (14) and Hjordis (4), the children, who soon broke up the formality with their amusement. My favorite was Hjordis, and we got up some good games after dinner.

In accordance with a wish to visit the hospital, we started off through the town, stopping on the way to see the Library. Of this Mr. Niclason is Director, and Mr. Jacobson, Curator and Librarian. It has a fine museum of Faroese industry, excellently arranged. The exhibit revolves chiefly around the weaving arts and fishing. The great green slopes, along whose summits we flew, support 100,000 sheep and 4,000 cattle and, when the flocks come down in the summer, mutton is plentiful.

The country was settled very early, perhaps before 800, and there are many relics of the early occupation, especially stone ornaments. It boasts the earliest parliament - but then so does Iceland. Mr. Niclason informed us that he had just spent three months in Spain, where Parliament was held last year, which may perhaps seem odd unless one realizes that the chief article of export is codfish, and the chief market for this necessity is Spain. After examining the recently published collection of Sagas (photostated from an early Codex in Norse) we set off up the hill on foot to the hospital.

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