Monthly Archives: November 2014

Huberht Hudson, Navigator

Huberht Hudson, Navigating Officer “[Hudson] owed his nickname — Buddha — to a practical joke he had fallen for once while the ship was at South Georgia. The men had convinced him that there was to be a costume party … Continue reading

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Ramparts of Mt. Paget

The ramparts of Mt. Paget, South Georgia Island, by Frank Hurley [image] More on Mt. Paget

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When things are easy I hate it

“I have committed all sorts of crimes in thought if not always in action and dont [sic] worry much about it, yet I hate to see a child suffer or to be false in any way…I am hard also, and … Continue reading

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Nine men standing on beached sperm whale

Nine men standing on beached sperm whale at Leith Harbour, South Georgia, 1913 “Although the results of the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93 inevitably led to the conclusion that whaling in the Antarctic seas was not then a viable economic … Continue reading

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Business Plan

“When I get back I will make a company for whaling here [S. Georgia], on a capital of £50,000 one can make for certain 50 to 100 thousand pounds a year net profit it is a gold mine only very … Continue reading

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“Ready, lads, ready!”

An action picture of whaling 1837; engraving by William Home Lizars, after a drawing by J Stewart “At one bound the captain sprang to the bow of the boat, and, brandishing the lance, cried: “Ready, lads, ready!” “The harpooner took … Continue reading

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Grytviken

Grytviken, South Georgia Island. The Endurance is visible in the middle of the harbor.

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Mawson Poster

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Exhaled humor from every pore

“The life and soul of our party, [Hurley] exhaled humour at every pore, possessing a large fund of inoffensive wit and a weakness for practical joking from which no one of us, his seventeen companions, wholly succeeded in escaping.” – … Continue reading

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Frank Hurley

“A swaggering character with a shock of dark, curly hair, and an uneasy cast to his face, Hurley was a compulsive roamer. As a boy, he had run away from home. He came to photography by chance.” — Roland Huntford, … Continue reading

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