Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Years 1915

“The ship had a serious encounter with the ice on the morning of December 31. We were stopped first by floes closing around us, and then about noon the Endurance got jammed between two floes heading east-north-east. The pressure heeled the ship … Continue reading

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A glow of crimson and gold

[George Marston, illustration of the Antarctic midnight sun from the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-09] An examination of the horizon disclosed considerable breaks in the vast circle of pack-ice, interspersed with bergs of different sizes. Leads could be traced in various directions, … Continue reading

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The sinking of the Antarctic

January 10, 1903: “In his diary on January 10, 1903, scientist Carl Skottsberg wrote, “During the afternoon the pressure on the sides of the vessel — which had begun yesterday — could scarcely be marked, but after dinner, just as … Continue reading

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Nordenskjöld’s diary

“We were now sailing a sea across which none had hitherto voyaged. The weather had changed as if by magic; it seemed as though the Antarctic world repented of the inhospitable way in which it had received us the previous … Continue reading

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More Weight

“[The crushing of the Antarctic]…seems to me more glorious than if she had gone to meet the usual fate of vessels to slowly rot in some port, or to be used for something far off from her designation and purposes … Continue reading

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The Apparatus (photo)

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The Apparatus

Sketch by Thomas Orde-Lees showing the apparatus built by Harry McNeish for Captain Worsley to indicate changes of direction to the helmsman. [T. H. Orde-Lees Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, N.Z.]

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Xmas Letter [Not Sent]

“Had my usual evening walk & smoke, as I am better of the piles but I have been thinking of my loved ones all day I hope there is nothing wrong & that You will enjoy Yourselves tomorrow X Mass.” … Continue reading

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[Antarctic Radiolaria from the Southeast Pacific Basin, Deep Sea Drilling Project, Leg 35; F. M. Weaver. 1976]

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Clark Clark Clark

Adelies on Paulet Island by Allan Hansen, 2009 The quaint little penguins found the ship a cause of much apparent excitement and provided a lot of amusement aboard. One of the standing jokes was that all the adelies on the … Continue reading

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