Us Whalemen

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“It is because [we] want to get away from up there…us whalemen…not fit up there…and people up there not want queer folk around like…whalemen. And we no can write poetry or paint pictures or get away from silly world which want no part of us, same like artists do. So we come here because we not at home — and we no damn use — anywhere else.”

— via Of Whales and Men, by R.B. Robertson

Image: Nine men standing on beached sperm whale at Leith Harbour, South Georgia, 1913, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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