Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year’s Eve, 1915

“The last day of 1915… tomorrow 1916 begins: I wonder what it will bring forth for us. This time last year we prophesied that just now we would be well across the Continent.” — Alexander Macklin “New Year’s Eve, the … Continue reading

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Patience Camp

“We have called our camp Patience Camp.” — Thomas Orde-Lees

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MUTINY

Alfred Lansing: “Never had the going been worse, especially for the men pulling the boats. After two hours of struggling they had covered less than a thousand yards. McNeish suddenly turned on Worsley and refused to go on. Worsley gave … Continue reading

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Burberry-Durox boots

“Most of the men wore heavy Burberry-Durox boots—ankle high leather boots with gabardine uppers reaching to the knee—designed for marching on hard ice. But as the party struggled over the slushy floes, those boots continually filled with water. In the … Continue reading

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My Star

My Star All, that I know Of a certain star Is, it can throw (Like the angled spar) Now a dart of red, Now a dart of blue Till my friends have said They would fain see, too, My star … Continue reading

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The surface was atrocious

“Today, driving the dog team and hauling the boats for dear life across the Weddell Sea pack ice… We had a strenuous time getting through hummocks and filling in small leads. We covered 2 1/2 miles, but the surface was … Continue reading

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No washing of self or dishes

“No washing of self or dishes, no undressing, no changing clothes. Food any how and always strongly impregnated with blubber smoke, sleeping almost on bare snow and working as hard as the human physique is capable of doing on a … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle

“The Endurance has been crushed and abandoned at 69° 5′ South, 51° 35′ West, and the members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition are now at 67° 9′ South, 52° 25′ West, and proceeding to the west across the ice in … Continue reading

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Heinz mustard dressing

“Today the members of one tent expressed their indifference as to whether they had their share (one bottle) of Heinz’s mustard dressing, of which I am particularly fond. I asked what they would have in exchange and they replied ‘four … Continue reading

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Monotony foiled

“Monotony in the meals, even considering the circumstances in which we found ourselves, was what I was striving to avoid, so our little stock of luxuries, such as fish paste, tinned herrings, etc., was carefully husbanded and so distributed as … Continue reading

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