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Hussey and the Adelies

During the afternoon three adelie penguins approached the ship across the floe while Hussey was discoursing sweet music on the banjo. The solemn-looking little birds appeared to appreciate It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, but they fled in horror when … Continue reading

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As far as the eye could reach

“The pack extended in all directions as far as the eye could reach.” — Ernest Shackleton

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Amphipods

“Wild shot a young Ross seal on the floe, and we manoeuvred the ship alongside. Hudson jumped down, bent a line on to the seal, and the pair of them were hauled up. The seal was 4 ft. 9 in. … Continue reading

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I know you are not the type of woman

“I dont pay very much heed to the things you said about him [Sir Sidney Boulton was the man Emily had originally intended to marry and also Shackleton’s underwriter at Lloyd’s of London], for I know that you are not … Continue reading

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We longed keenly for the day

“We longed keenly for the day when we could begin this march, the last great adventure in the history of South Polar exploration.” — Ernest Shackleton, South

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When things are easy I hate it

“I have committed all sorts of crimes in thought if not always in action and dont [sic] worry much about it, yet I hate to see a child suffer or to be false in any way…I am hard also, and … Continue reading

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Business Plan

“When I get back I will make a company for whaling here [S. Georgia], on a capital of £50,000 one can make for certain 50 to 100 thousand pounds a year net profit it is a gold mine only very … Continue reading

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