Monthly Archives: April 2014

Surrounding the globe

Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton and Robert Peary in Philadelphia, 1913 [link]

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That name has a fresh ring

Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary and Roald Amundsen in Philadelphia, 1913 [Ed Webster collection/ Hedgehog House] “Sir Ernest Shackleton! That name has a fresh ring. It has only to be mentioned for us to see before us a man glowing with … Continue reading

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Inside Framheim

No snowblindness here. [via At The South Pole by Roald Amundsen in The Earth and Its Peoples, 1913]

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The race to the pole: map 2

Map showing Scott and Amundsen’s routes to the South Pole in 1911.

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The race to the pole: map 1

Map showing Amundsen’s route to the South Pole, and Shackleton’s Furthest South in 1909 (which route Scott followed in 1911).

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Fascinating and disturbing traits

“The one member of the expedition who shows us such inner disturbance is Scott.” “One of the most fascinating and disturbing traits in the British party is their clinging circumspection in such extreme circumstances. This is not to say that … Continue reading

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For God’s sake look after our people

Last page of Robert Falcon Scott’s diary, 29 March 1912. “Title: Last words in Capt. Scott’s journal Description: glass plate negative;Includes typescript of last entry Collection: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Ponting Collection) Summary text: Photograph of last entry (variation made … Continue reading

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Scott’s final resting place

“After discovering the frozen bodies of Scott, Edward Wilson and Henry Bowers, Cherry-Garrard wrote: ‘We have found them – to say it has been a ghastly day cannot express it – it is too bad for words.’” Read more about … Continue reading

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The worst journey in the world

“Scott was found frozen to death with several men south of the 1 Ton Supply depot in a tent, marked Tent, on the map.” Map by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic 1910 – 1913, Vol. II, … Continue reading

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Great God! This is an awful place.

“Great God! This is an awful place.” — Scott’s diaries Robert Falcon Scott and his men at the South Pole, in front of Amundsen’s “Polheim.” Left to right: Scott, Bowers, Wilson, and P. O. Evans, 18 January 1912. Photo: Lawrence … Continue reading

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