Life at Cape Evans: Off-watch in August

“I think the seamen enjoyed life in the Hut as much as any of us.

“The night watches must have pleased them immensely.  To see a weary officer nodding and shivering all through the night, while they were snugly rolled in blankets and enjoying an uninterrupted night’s rest, was just the state of things they would appreciate. . . . some of them feeling they might never have the opportunity of reprimanding an officer again, they would pour out (from the shelter of a bed curtain) the vials of their wrath on any unlucky watchmen who fell over the fire-irons or discomposed their slumbers.”

–T. Griffith Taylor, geologist

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