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Scott’s final resting place

“After discovering the frozen bodies of Scott, Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers, Cherry-Garrard wrote: ‘We have found them – to say it has been a ghastly day cannot express it – it is too bad for words.’” Read more about … Continue reading

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The worst journey in the world

“Scott was found frozen to death with several men south of the 1 Ton Supply depot in a tent, marked Tent, on the map.” Map by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910 – 1913, Vol. II, … Continue reading

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Great God! This is an awful place.

“Great God! This is an awful place.” — Scott’s diaries Robert Falcon Scott and his men at the South Pole, in front of Amundsen’s “Polheim.” Left to right: Scott, Bowers, Wilson, and P. O. Evans, 18 January 1912. Photo: Lawrence … Continue reading

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Amundsen shooting the sun

“Taking an observation at the pole”. In: “The South Pole”, by Roald Amundsen, 1872-1928. P. 112, Volume II, Library Call Number M82.1/99 A529s, NOAA Photo Library. “Using Amundsen’s diary, Roland Huntford (in The Amundsen Photographs) describes the photo as “Shooting … Continue reading

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Amundsen reaches the South Pole

Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911. “Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel and Oscar Wisting (l–r) at “Polheim”, the tent was upright at the South Pole on 16 December 1911. The top flag is … Continue reading

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Crucial adjustments

Olav Bjaaland shaving off 2/3 of the sledges’ weight without compromising their sturdiness; Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition, 1910-12. “[Oscar] Wisting is sitting in the Great Ice Barrier and sewing tents on his Singer—in +14°…He is sewing new, light groundsheets in … Continue reading

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Tabard Cigarette Company

Tabard cigarette tin, price realized: £1,076 on 25 September 2002, Christie’s London. From the auction catalog description: “The ‘Tabard’ Cigarette & Tobacco Co. Ltd.’ a ‘Tabard’ cigarette tin, 5¼in. (13.3cm.) long, containing Shackleton’s petty cash, the majority South American small … Continue reading

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He who goes first into the fray

— F. S. Welhaven, 1807-1873, Norwegian: Protesilaos (1839-45).

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A command of vivid, forceful English

“If I said that any chapter was simply the transcription of notes taken down from Shackleton’s dictation, I should be telling an untruth. If I said that any chapter was entirely mine, I should be telling an untruth. My work … Continue reading

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The undisputed Lion

“A green and blue gauze were put together to look like the sea, and between the folds fishes were placed. On the top of this a large sheet of plate glass was laid, edged around with seaweed. In the centre … Continue reading

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