Furthest Point South

9 January 1909:


Shackleton’s attempt to reach the South Pole from the Nimrod Expedition. The party reached what he called his “Furthest Point South,” 88º 23 S. 162º E.; 97.5 nautical miles from the South Pole. This was the furthest point south reached by anyone at that time. They planted the flag and left a box of Shackleton’s Antarctic stamps, then turned around for the return to base.
Left to right: Adams, Wild, and Shackleton (photo taken by Marshall).

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Skua Gull

by John Gould, 1840

by John Gould, 1840

“A skua gull appeared. He settled down on our refuse pit—entrails of seals, etc—and gorged himself to his hearts content—lucky gull.”

— Alexander Macklin

[image: Skua Gull by John Gould, 1840]

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Trials of Greely

“…we may have to undergo the trials of Greely.” — Alexander Macklin

The Greely Expedition, from the American Experience series on PBS: full documentary.

From the PBS website:

“In 1881, 25 men led by Adolphus Greely set sail from Newfoundland to Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world’s surface that had been described as a “sheer blank.” Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism. The film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad luck conspired to turn a noble scientific mission into a human tragedy.”

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Leopard Seal – National Geographic

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen meets a leopard seal.

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Sea Leopard

photo by Amos Nachoum

photo by Amos Nachoum

“A man on foot in soft, deep snow and unarmed would not have a chance against such an animal as they almost bound along with a rearing, undulating motion at least five miles an hour. They attack without provocation, looking on man as a penguin or seal.”

– Frank Worsley

[image: Amos Nachoum]

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New Year’s Eve, 1915

“The last day of 1915… tomorrow 1916 begins: I wonder what it will bring forth for us. This time last year we prophesied that just now we would be well across the Continent.”
— Alexander Macklin

“New Year’s Eve, the second in the pack & in much the same latitude. Few people are having a stranger one…”
— Reginald James

“New Year’s Eve and all well but it is snowing intermittently, foggy and overcast. Nothing doing.”
— Thomas Orde-Lees

“Hogmany & a bitter one too, being adrift on the ice instead of enjoying the pleasures of life like most people. But as the saying is, there must be some fools in this world.”
— Chippy McNeish

“Many sweet memories crowd on me as I lay in my bag, meditating the last day of the year. Home, faces, and our present position that one cannot altogether regard as sweet. Drifting about on the ice floe, 189 miles from the nearest known land. Still to apply an old sledging motto, ‘It might be much worse.’ Inside the tents all are comfortable. Sir Ernest is thinking and solving magic squares. We have plenty of food, and with the coming warm season and subsequent dissipation of the ice, are able to greet with cheery aspect the New Year 1916! New Year resolutions. We have none to make as there is nothing to make them for, unless it be to resolve to keep our hoosh pots cleaner — and faces too!”
— Frank Hurley

“The last day of the old year: May the new one bring us good fortune, a safe deliverance from this anxious time & all good things to those we love so far away.”
— Ernest Shackleton

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Patience Camp


“We have called our camp Patience Camp.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

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