The St. Roch was constructed (1928) to withstand ice pressure in the Arctic whether her R.C.M.P. crew was patrolling Eskimo communities or waiting for the ice to break. So they built her ""round,"" a design which proved resistant to the ice and virtually ineffectual against seasickness in the slightest storm. The Norwegian Larsen, an Amundsen admirer, was in command when the St. Roch became the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east and the first ship to sail the passage in both directions. This fictionalized log follows the ship's course from construction berth to retirement; it includes some not very incisive characterizations of her crew (marriages, promotions, conversations while waiting for the ice to break) and several condescending impressions of the Eskimos.