Monthly Archives: October 2015

Crossing pressure ridges

“A pathfinding party of three precedes the advance.. Then follows seven sledges, each drawn by seven dogs, and loaded with an average load of 100 pounds per dog. Five teams then return, and bring up the balance of the gear … Continue reading

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Hussey’s Zither Banjo

Now in the collection of the Royal Museums of Greenwich: “Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on ‘Endurance’. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she … Continue reading

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Queen Alexandra’s bible

May the Lord help you to do your duty & guide you through all the dangers by land and sea. May you see the Works of the Lord & all His Wonders in the deep. I tore the fly-leaf out … Continue reading

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Toilet paper

“The order went forth that we should start the march at 3pm, and that we were each to carry only the following articles—six pairs socks, one spare pair of boots or finnesko, one pair fur mitts, 1lb tobacco or cocoa … Continue reading

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Mrs. Chippy

The noble mouser of the Endurance, and his master. “I think the cat was more important to him than the Polar Medal.” – Tom McNeish, grandson; quoted in BBC Science/Nature.

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We will make an attempt to move

“We could even, if progress proved too difficult and too injurious to the boats, which we must guard as our ultimate means of salvation, camp on the nearest heavy floe, scour the neighbouring pack for penguins and seals, and await … Continue reading

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Due west, but…

“We are now 346 miles from Paulet Island, the nearest point where there is any possibility of finding food and shelter. A small hut built there by the Swedish expedition in 1902 is filled with stores left by the Argentine … Continue reading

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Two pole-tents and three hoop-tents

“We had two pole-tents and three hoop-tents. I took charge of the small pole-tent, No. 1, with Hudson, Hurley, and James as companions; Wild had the small hoop-tent, No. 2, with Wordie, McNeish, and McIlroy. These hoop-tents are very easily … Continue reading

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Crushed beyond all hope

“The end of the Endurance has come. But though we have been compelled to abandon the ship, which is crushed beyond all hope of ever being righted, we are alive and well, and we have stores and equipment for the … Continue reading

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Endurance in her death-throes

Break-up of the Endurance: Frank Hurley’s 1915 footage, plus new animation. Directed by Sarah Galloway for @AMNH “Hurley meanwhile had rigged his kinematograph-camera and was getting pictures of the Endurance in her death-throes. While he was engaged thus, the ice, … Continue reading

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