Monthly Archives: February 2015

Full Polar Equipment

“All hands were issued with full polar equipment, as follows: 1 sweater (thick Jaeger), 1 pair Amundsen pattern Burberry boots, 1 pair Shetland wool mitts, 1 woollen helmet, 2 pair soft wool bed socks, 1 pair mittens, 1 pair finnesko … Continue reading

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Dogloos

Dogloo village, 1915 “All hands engaged in building igloos, or as the sailors term them, dogloos, from ice blocks and snow.” — Frank Hurley “Worsley took a party to the floe on the 26th and started building a line of … Continue reading

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Macklin and friends

Dr. Alexander Macklin and a few friends, 1915.

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The barking will be less audible

“Most of the dog kennels have been put out on the floe and the dogs in future will live there. This will be a great relief to us, for there will be no more cleaning up to do on board, … Continue reading

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Much to their delight

“Dogs all placed on shore, much to their delight.” — Frank Hurley

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Momentous questions

“We must wait for the spring, which may bring us better fortune. If I had guessed a month ago that the ice would grip us here, I would have established our base at one of the landing-places at the great … Continue reading

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Ship drawings

“We now practically cease being a ship and become a shore station.” — Frank Hurley Drawings by Frank Hurley, reproduced from Hurley’s diaries in Shackleton’s Photographer (CD), Shane Murphy, 2001.

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Young Ice

“During the morning, went for a stroll to the old lead ahead, which which is now nearly a foot thick. I was much interested in examining the contexture of the recent young ice formed on the lead and on some … Continue reading

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I had to admit that further effort was useless

“Early in the morning of the 14th I ordered a good head of steam on the engines and sent all hands on to the floe with ice-chisels, prickers, saws, and picks. We worked all day and throughout most of the … Continue reading

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Air of Unreality

“Everything wears an air of unreality… Everything on the horizon appears drawn up & distorted…icebergs hang upside down in the sky… The tops of some of the bergs appear to boil up & rise & fall & spread themselves… in … Continue reading

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