THE UNSUCCESSFUL 1997 SNORRI VOYAGE
SNORRI made their first attempt to cross the David's Straight in August of 1997, and requested that Herb maintain contact with them via marine HF, to
Provide daily weather forecasts while crossing the David’s Straight.
They disregarded Herb's cautionary advice then. Several days out their rudder damaged SNORRI's stern structure in strong winds and seas and they rapidly
took on water. Herb responded to their Mayday call, contacted JRCC Halifax, who dispatched a C.G Icebreaker, Herb kept the Coast Guard updated with
SNORRI's position, until all Crew members were rescued at midnight. Mr. C.Doane did not revise his article, even after being informed thereof.
There are always two sides to every story. Herb does not fault Mr.
Doane for the content in Hodding Carter’s book, the 1998 Viking Voyage, he faults him for not seeking verification, before quoting it to support his position.
THE SUCCESSFUL 1998 SNORRI VOYAGE
Below is an extract from the 1998 South Bound II log. Herb’s forecasts were correct all along and they left after Saturday, even encountered heavy weather
approaching the following weekend. Herb made it clear to M. Carter that daily contact was essential and if he did not comply he should seek other sources.
JUL SUN 19 Received email message that Snorri plans to leave July-22 000Z
JUL MON 20 No HF contact
JUL TUE 21 No HF contact
JUL WED 22 No HF contact
JUL THU 23 No HF contact
JUL FRI 24 No HF contact
JUL SAT 25 No HF contact
JUL SUN 26 pos 67N, 52W inside Fjord, light southerly’s, Herb fcsts heavy weather west of 58W
JUL MON 27 pos 67N, 52W inside Fjord, light southerly’s, Herb fcsts heavy weather by weekend
JUL TUE 28 pos 67N, 52W inside Fjord, light easterly winds, no change in provided fcst by weekend
JUL WED 29 pos 67N, 52W inside Fjord, light variable winds, fcst suggests departing after Saturday
JUL THU 30 No HF contact
JUL FRI 31 No HF contact. Their website reports squally conditions
AUG SAT 1 No HF contact Their website reports stormy conditions and Snorri waiting for departure
AUG SUN 2 No effort made to contact Herb as to their status and plans.
AUG MON 3 pos 66N:53W, at exit of Fjord, light westerlies, Herb advises of possibly heavier weather again by weekend
AUG TUE 4 Herb is frustrated with the lack of consistent communication and lack of feedback and requests that Snorri seek advice from a commercial
AUG WED 5 No contact. Their website pos 66:55N, 54:40W report light NW winds
AUG THU 6 No contact. Their website pos 65:49N, 57:10W very squally conditions and large waves
AUG FRI 7 No contact, Their website pos 64:15N, 60:36W Snorri reports a very rough night
AUG SAT 8 No contact, No website data
AUG SUN 9 No contact, Their website reports pos 63:22N, 61:59W and a calm day
AUG MON 10 No contact. No website data
AUG TUE 11 No contact. Snorri arrived at Baffin Island, End of Davis Straights passage.
Herb was unaware that Mr. Holding authored a book on the Viking Voyage, wherein he unjustly criticized Herb. Then again “NO THANK YOU” either for initiating and coordinating their rescue or even mentioning their unsuccessful attempt and rescue in 1997 in the middle of the Davis Straights.