Monthly Archives: May 2015

Pressure

“The blizzard has ceased. There are new lines of pressure along the edge of the great frozen lead to the north (astern of the ship). The ice of the frozen lead, about a foot thick only, has cracked along an … Continue reading

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The Night Watch

“We take night watchman in rotation and thus one’s turn comes once every 28 days. Duties consist of keeping alight the fires in the ward room, the upper deck ward room, Sir Ernest’s cabin and the fo’csle. As they all … Continue reading

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Pylons

“Two more emperor [penguins] were captured on the following day, and, while Wordie was leading one of them towards the ship, Wild came along with his team. The dogs, uncontrollable in a moment, made a frantic rush for the bird, … Continue reading

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The penguin’s stomach

“This penguin’s stomach proved to be filled with freshly caught fish up to 10 in. long. Some of the fish were of a coastal or littoral variety.” — Ernest Shackleton, South

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Lentils

“Hussey and myself night watch again. During the small hours, we endeavour to cure Lees of his habitual snoring. Asleep on his back, with mouth wide open, the gap seemed to invite a joke. Hussey, refreshing himself on sardines, suggested … Continue reading

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Of philosophic mien

“Three emperor penguins made their appearance in a lead west of the ship on May 3. They pushed their heads throught the young ice while two of the men were standing by the lead. The men imitated the emperor’s call … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the sun

“We said good-bye to the sun on May 1 and entered the period of twilight that would be followed by the darkness of midwinter. The sun by the aid of refraction just cleared the horizon at noon and set shortly … Continue reading

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