Monthly Archives: May 2013

In the event of my not surviving (3)

Letter from Shackleton to McNeish, written in McNeish’s notebook: “May 18, 1916 South Georgia Sir I am about to try to reach Husvik on the East Coast of this island for relief of our party. I am leaving you in … Continue reading

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Supply list

The Primus lamp filled with oil for 6 hot meals The small hoosh pot Two compasses A pair of binoculars Rope: A total length of 50 feet when knotted McNeish’s adze, to be used as an ice axe Worsley’s chronometer … Continue reading

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Ultralight

“After consultation we decided to leave the sleeping-bags behind and make the journey in very light marching order. We would take three days’ provisions for each man in the form of sledging ration and biscuit. The food was to be … Continue reading

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Ridges, peaks, and nunatuks

“Our path towards the whaling station led round the seaward end of the snouted glacier on the east side of the camp and up a snow slope that appeared to lead to a pass in the great Allardyce Range, which … Continue reading

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A la Peggotty

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” — David Copperfield [Illustration of Peggotty’s boat/house, from The Personal History, Adventures, Experience … Continue reading

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A curious-looking party

“We were a curious-looking party, but we were feeling happy. We even broke into song, and, but for our Robinson Crusoe appearance, a casual observer might have taken us for a picnic party sailing in a Norwegian fiord or one … Continue reading

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Our sleeping arrangements

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It put me in mind of old times at Home

“I went to the top of the hill & had a lay on the grass & it put me in mind of old times at Home sitting on the hillside looking down at them.” — Harry McNeish

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Busy at the boat

“I am still busy at the boat. While the skipper does the Nimrod & bring home the food Vincent lays down by the fire and smoks some times coming out for more wood while the Boss & Creen looks after … Continue reading

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Our hunger knew no law

“We paid our last visit to the nests of the albatrosses, which were situated on a little undulating plateau above the cave amid tussocks, snow patches, and little frozen tarns. Each nest consisted of a mound over a foot high … Continue reading

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