Cape Evans: October 17, 1911

From Scott’s account:

“Things not going very well; with the ponies all pretty well. Animals are improving in form rapidly, even Jehu, though I have ceased to count on that animal. To-night the motors were to be taken out on to the floe. The drifts made the road very uneven, and the first machine and best motor overrode its chain; the chain was replaced and the machine proceeded, but just short of the floe was thrust into a steep inclination by a ridge, and the chain again overrode the sprockets; this time by ill fortune Day slipped at the critical moment and without intention jammed the throttle full on. The engine bought up, but there was an ominous trickle of oil under the back axle, and investigation showed that the axle casing (aluminum) had split. . . . .

“I am secretly convinced that we shall not get much help from the motors, yet nothing has ever happened to them that was unavoidable. A little more care and foresight would make them splendid allies. The trouble is that if they fail, no one will ever believe this. . . .

“Meares got back from Corner Camp at 8 a.m. Sunday morning–he must have made the pace, which is promising for the dogs. Sixty geographical miles in two days and a night is good going–about as good as can be.”

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