Monthly Archives: April 2013

Goodbye to the James Caird

“With a final wave of the hand, and three squawky cheers from us and the penguins, Sir Ernest and his crew set off on their perilous voyage. We watched them until they were out of sight, which was not long, … Continue reading

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Free of gravel nest

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In the event of my not surviving (2)

April 23rd, 1916 Elephant Island Dear Sir In the event of my not surviving the boat journey to South Georgia you will do your best for the rescue of the party. You are in full command from the time the … Continue reading

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Supplies for the boat journey

Stores: 30 boxes of matches. 6 1/2 gallons paraffin. 1 tin methylated spirit. 10 boxes of flamers. 1 box of blue lights. 2 Primus stoves with spare parts and prickers. 1 Nansen aluminum cooker. 6 sleeping bags. A few spare … Continue reading

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In the event of my not surviving (1)

“21st April, 1916 To whom this may concern viz. my executors assigns etc. Under is my signature to the following instructions. In the event of my not surviving the boat journey to South Georgia I here instruct Frank Hurley to … Continue reading

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Strong likeness to stage scenery

“[The carpenter] fitted the mast of the Stancomb Wills fore and aft inside the James Caird as a hog-back and thus strengthened the keel with the object of preventing our boat ‘hogging’—that is, buckling in heavy seas. He had not … Continue reading

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In the boat

“There is a party of 6 going to Georgia in the Caird. The party includes: Sir Ernest Skipper Creen Macnish McCarthy Vincent.” — Harry McNeish

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