February 15, 1912: Scott’s Western Party safe on board the Terra Nova again

[The Terra Nova had returned to the Anatarctic from winter quarters in New Zealand, to pick up the various field parties (Northern and Western) and bring supplies and news to Cape Evans.]

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary, published as “The Norwegian with Scott”–

“15 February

“At last!  Again on board Terra Nova!  We were plucked up at about 2 p.m., 4 km from the night’s bivouac.   We were just heading towards the Blue Glacier, which incidentally was full of crevasses, when I suddenly saw smoke rising above the moraine behind us.  It was Terra Nova.  Her masts soon hove into sight and we set off at high speed down to the edge of the glacier and onto the sea ice.  After a quarter of an hour’s quick march we stood on board good old Terra Nova.  All was well.

“Scott’s chances of reaching the Pole were very good.  Atkinson and three others had left Scott on top of Beardmore.  There had been no trace of Amundsen and our spirits leaped.  The motor sledges had reached a spot about 3 km south of Corner Camp.  In other words, everything had gone as expected.  Even the horses had carried out their work splendidly.”

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