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Sardines on toast

“My turn to night watch. The duties of the night watch are to keep the Ritz bogie glowing, the Stables roasting, and the Boss’s, which is right aft, at an equable temperature. The latter is a difficult job, as the … Continue reading

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Electric lamps

“Hurley, our handy man, installed our small electric-lighting plant and placed lights for occasional use in the observatory, the meteorological station, and various other points. We could not afford to use the electric lamps freely. Hurley also rigged two powerful … Continue reading

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The Antarctic Derby

“There is not one that is not to some extent a mongrel.” — Thomas Orde-Lees “On the 15th of the month a great race, the ‘Antarctic Derby,’ took place. It was a notable event. The betting had been heavy, and … Continue reading

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What is to become of it all…?

“From within the cosiness of the Ritz, it is hard to imagine we are drifting, frozen and solid, in a sea of pack ice in the very heart of the Weddell Sea. I often wonder, and I do not suppose … Continue reading

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Mutual impersonations

“After lights out we generally have some sort of a romp. Generally it is singing of songs, delicate or otherwise, sometimes it is ‘dressing up’. Members appear as ballet girls, decidedly abbreviated, or as ghosts of previous polar explorers and … Continue reading

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Irresistible forces of Nature

“[The noise of the ice was] like an enormous train with squeaky axles being shunted with much bumping & clattering. Mingled with this were the sound of steamer whistles starting to blow… & underfoot moans & groans of damned souls … Continue reading

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Antarctic Insomnia

“One looks quite forward to one’s night watch and always contemplates doing a far greater number of odd jobs than one actually has time to accomplish. Tonight I had intended to wash myself and my clothes, sort out a box … Continue reading

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