It is always a challenge to keep enough fresh, drinkable water aboard the Acasta, and this prolong'd blockade has made it especially challenging. The Captain ordered that a party of men should be assembled and sent ashore to secure a source of fresh drinking water to hold us over until the next time we could get in to Halifax.
|Acasta men find a source of water!|
|Capt. Freymann in discussion with Mr. Cushing.|
Not only did he request my presence, but he went himself, to 'stretch out his legs', he insisted. Normally, the Lieutenants would have advised against it, but the area was quite remote, and we carried nearly enough armed men with us to form a boarding party by ourselves.
|Mr Midshipman Raley (in an old borrowed LTs coat) keeps an eye out.|
|Capt Freymann and the Doctor consult about the quality of the source.|
We followed a little stream inland for a ways and after a while were satisfied that it would not be contaminated with waste from further upstream. I pointed out to the men the best spots to take the water from, spots that should afford us the freshest water available, and the men began to fill keg after keg.
|The Doctor instructs as to the best place to draw the water from.|
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