Monthly Archives: March 2013

I shot the Albatross

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1834 […] And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o’ertaking wings, And chased us south along. With sloping masts and dipping prow, … Continue reading

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Trials of Greely

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

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An anxious time

“It is beginning to be an anxious time for us, for so far there is not much sign of any opening of the floe, and the broken mushy stuff is quite un-navigable for our boats. If we cannot get away … Continue reading

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Food shortage

“The present shortage of food is due simply and solely from the Boss refusing to get seals when they were to be had and even refusing to let Orde-Lees go out and look for them… His sublime optimism all the … Continue reading

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Franklin and the Fox

Search for the Northwest Passage, a Discovery Channel documentary

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“[The winds] tear and haul at our flimsy tent as though they would burst it to tatters. It rattles, flaps, and trembles incessantly… So thin is the material that the smoke from our pipes and cigarettes eddies, swirls and sways … Continue reading

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What are you going to do with all the money?

“[I was cooking] on the floe. It was a bitter day… I was crying my eyes out. I was absolutely done… the Boss turned up, asked me how I was getting on. “Oh, all right,” I said. He said “What … Continue reading

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The “vitamin”

“Shackleton, who was rather an amazing man in the way he had made himself au fait with all the latest developments… and who had [also] collected all the latest information as regards scurvy, was very enthusiastic [about] the idea of … Continue reading

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“I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of escaping… We have been over 4 months on the floe — a time of absolute and utter inutility to anyone. There is absolutely nothing to do but kill time as best one … Continue reading

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