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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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Pups

“Crean had started to take the pups out for runs, and it was very amusing to see them with their rolling canter just managing to keep abreast by the sledge and occasionally cocking an eye with an appealing look in … Continue reading

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Bright moonlight throughout

[George Marston, illustration of the Antarctic midnight sun from the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-09] “Brilliantly fine clear weather with bright moonlight throughout. The moon’s rays are wonderfully strong, making midnight seem as light as an ordinary overcast midday in temperate climes. … Continue reading

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Pylons

“Two more emperor [penguins] were captured on the following day, and, while Wordie was leading one of them towards the ship, Wild came along with his team. The dogs, uncontrollable in a moment, made a frantic rush for the bird, … Continue reading

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The penguin’s stomach

“This penguin’s stomach proved to be filled with freshly caught fish up to 10 in. long. Some of the fish were of a coastal or littoral variety.” — Ernest Shackleton, South

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Of philosophic mien

“Three emperor penguins made their appearance in a lead west of the ship on May 3. They pushed their heads throught the young ice while two of the men were standing by the lead. The men imitated the emperor’s call … Continue reading

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