By the next afternoon the boat has left the freshwater of the rivers far behind and is gliding over the sea. You feel perfectly safe on board and hold your hand over the side into the water. You are about to lick the water off your fingers when Iddin-Sin stops you. He warns that there is only enough drinking water on board to last the journey and by tasting salty water you will become very thirsty.

The weather is very hot and soon everybody on board is drinking cups of water from the large jars stored in the bottom of the boat. By nightfall it is clear that there will not be enough water left to reach Dilmun.

Do you ask the captain to turn back to Ur or carry on to Dilmun?

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