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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