Destruction of a Skin-Boat by the Falling of an Iceberg, 1856. Kayak off the coast of Greenland. 'Boat travelling among the icebergs is not without danger; rotten icebergs frequently fall in pieces with the slightest concussion. One of the native boats, some years since, was passing one of these, when a child merely struck against the side of an iceberg with a stick ; this slight blow was sufficient, the loose masses became detached, the iceberg lost its balance, toppled over, fell into pieces, and destroyed the boat and its hapless crew, composed of women, by whom only these large boats are rowed; a Greenlander, in his kajak (canoe) alone escaped to relate the tragic occurrence'. From "Illustrated London News", 1856.
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