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Maelstrom

Maelstrom, a whirlpool or, more strictly, a current, between Moskenas and Mosken, two of the Lofoden Islands (q.v.). It was formerly an object of the greatest terror, but it is now known that the navigation presents no extraordinary difficulties, unless the wind and current are directly opposed one to another, when it becomes extremely dangerous.